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Tutorial Categories

You can use categories to look at specific training topics, but we strongly recommend you watch the tutorials in the order they appear in the Tutorials Library, to make sure you fully understand the behaviour of both the sheep, and the dog!

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Where to Start We recommend you watch all the videos in this category to get a far better understanding of how your dog and the sheep are likely to behave, and how we go about training sheepdogs.

Assessment When training it’s important to know whether the dog is improving or not. The Assessment videos have content which could help the sheepdog trainer to evaluate their dog’s work. How well are we’re doing!

Bronwen & Scylla A highly recommended series of video tutorials in which we follow the “ups and downs” of two litter sisters, as they approach sheep herding in their own very different ways!

Calling the Dog Away Being able to call your dog away from the sheep is a huge step forward in its early training. These tutorials show examples of getting the dog to leave sheep and come away with the trainer.

Confidence The dog’s confidence is vitally important. These tutorials include ways to build or preserve your dog’s confidence, and how to avoid the many ways in which a dog’s confidence could be harmed.

Control A collection of videos in which there are examples of how to improve your general control over the dog when it’s working sheep and other livestock.

Distractions Dogs which are nervous or simply don’t want to do something, can be experts at finding distractions. These tutorials point out situations where a dog might be likely to be distracted, and how to avoid them.

Driving Tutorials which specifically cover the topic of teaching a dog to drive. It also explains the difference between driving and droving, and how to identify times when the dog might be encouraged to drive.

Flanks & Circling The way that the dog goes around the sheep or other livestock has a huge effect on their behaviour. These tutorials all include ways to improve the way your dog moves around sheep.

Flock Work Once you have good control over your dog, introducing it to flock work can improve its work dramatically. These tutorials all include examples of working a dog on a flock of sheep.

Gripping Many new trainers are horrified to find that their dog grips (bites) the sheep. When it happens, excessive or aggressive gripping must be quickly prevented. These tutorials will help you to get the dog under control.

Look Back Sending the dog back to collect a second bunch of sheep is considered to be highly advanced training, but if you encourage a trainee dog to go back for sheep it has left behind, it can prove highly beneficial.

Outrun The outrun is probably the single most important activity of a sheepdog. These tutorials will help you to teach your dog to go out correctly to collect a bunch or flock of sheep, and bring them to you.

Pace (slowing) The speed at which a dog works is very important. Too fast, and the sheep are likely to panic, or “freeze”. The tutorials in the “Pace” category will all help you to train your dog to work at the correct speed.

Pack Behaviour If you have some understanding of pack behaviour, you’ll have a far better understanding of your dog and why it behaves the way it does when confronted with sheep, cattle or other livestock.

Preparation Many people ask us how they can prepare their puppy or young dog for sheep or cattle work. The tutorials in this category include examples of the preparation we give our dogs before they begin training.

Setting the Dog Up In these tutorials, you’ll see examples of “setting a dog up” before it goes to the sheep. During training, a few simple steps to prepare the situation can improve the way the dog works, and speed-up its training.

Shedding Shedding, or parting a bunch of sheep, can be extremely useful for the shepherd or sheep farmer, and is essential in sheepdog trials. It’s not the easiest thing to teach your dog, but it can be good fun!

Sheep Behaviour Understanding how sheep are likely to behave in a given situation is critical for proper sheep herding. Many people think sheep are stupid, but sometimes they can be extremely clever. Find out more with the videos in this category.

Sheepdog Trials Sheepdog trials are growing in popularity, but find out how to prepare for trials, and what to expect when you get there, is not easy. These video tutorials give a great deal of information for would-be “triallers”.

Starting Training These training videos show examples of the actual moment when you take a dog to sheep for the first time. Every dog is different, so it’s a wide topic, but the important guidelines are here.

Stopping Stopping the dog can be a problem for some. In the “Stopping” category, you’ll see a great deal of information and examples of how to get a dog to stop on command.

Training Stick Not just for waving around, and DEFINITELY not for hitting the dog, Used correctly, a training stick can halve the time it takes to train a dog to work sheep, cattle, or other livestock.

Whistle Many people think you must be able to use a sheepdog whistle to train a sheepdog. It’s not true. We rarely use a whistle until the dog is fairly well trained, but of course you’re going to need to do it sometime. Here’s how!

Working Distance The distance at which the dog works from the sheep is very important. Training videos in this category show examples of dogs working at the proper distance from sheep, and how to achieve that

Working Instinct A strong working instinct is essential for a sheepdog. If the dog has it, you can train it on stock, if it doesn’t you can’t. Tutorials in this category explain what drives the dog to work sheep, cattle or other livestock.

Yard & Pen Work Working calmly in pens and confined yards, requires incredible courage on the part of the dog. The sheepdog training videos in this category will help you to introduce your dog to yard and pen work smoothly.

Complete Sessions We strongly recommend our members watch the “Complete Session” videos (and the Bronwen & Scylla tutorials to get a much broader picture of sheepdog training than you’ll pick up from individual tutorials. See how it all slots into place!

English or Español subtitles available on all our online tutorial videos

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