How to teach your dog to drive sheep, cattle or other livestock.
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Training dogs for driving and droving
What’s the difference between driving, and droving?
A dog which is driving, takes the sheep away from the handler.
A dog which is droving, works alongside, just ahead, or close behind the handler.
Droving is simple to teach, particularly if the dog will stay close to you.
Driving has a reputation for being difficult to teach, and some trainers dread it.
Before training a dog to drive, it should flank well both ways, and obey basic commands.
Ideally, the sheep should be calm and free-moving.
Driving can be hard to teach, because the dog’s instinct is to bring sheep to us.
Suddenly, we’re asking the dog to push the sheep away!
It’s perfectly natural for the dog to want to bring the sheep back to you!
Teaching the dog to drove sheep first, makes it easier to teach it to drive.
Dogs are usually happy working close to the handler, but not keen to push sheep away.
An example of a dog showing signs of wanting to drive.
The hardest dogs to teach to drive can become the best drivers, once they learn!
Remember that learning to drive is very stressful for the dog.
When the dog looks back at the handler, it’s not happy with what it’s doing.
Increase the droving distance slowly, and break-up sessions with activities the dog enjoys.
Watch Driving 2 and 3 for more.
Teach your dog to drive sheep and other livestock
PART 1. Some sheepdog trainers dread teaching their dog to drive and it’s understandable, because when we ask a dog to take the sheep or cattle away, it’s contrary to the dog’s instinct. If you understand what’s going on though, it becomes much simpler, and more enjoyable to teach your dog to drive sheep. In this tutorial you’ll discover how to ease the dog into driving and reduce the stress involved when we ask the dog to take the stock away. The word hefted is mentioned in the video. Find out about the words commands and language used in the sheep world.