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  • Sheepdog Training 03 – What makes the dog keep working?

    Sheepdog Training 03 – What makes the dog keep working?

    What motivates the dog to keep working? Some time ago, some neighbours stopped to watch a training session and asked me how I could get the dog to work so well and for so long without giving it some praise or reward. I know little of training other breeds but in the case of Border […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 04 – The definition of a sheepdog

    Sheepdog Training 04 – The definition of a sheepdog

    At what point does a trainee dog becomes a sheepdog? Some would say a dog becomes a sheepdog when it’s fully trained but we disagree. We believe there’s no such thing as a fully trained sheepdog! Dogs are learning throughout their entire lives and sheepdogs are no exception. Furthermore, who is to say when a […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 05 – A dog is for life

    Sheepdog Training 05 – A dog is for life

    Admirable though the maxim is generally, “A dog is for life” needn’t always apply to sheepdogs” This may seem a bad point to start discussing the negative side of training a sheepdog but it’s worth bearing in mind that dogs are individuals, just as we are, and not all dogs get along with their owners! […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 06 – Bond with your dog

    Sheepdog Training 06 – Bond with your dog

    The importance of forming a bond with your dog. A good dog, which is strongly bonded with the handler, will do almost anything it possibly can for its handler. Its number one priority in life is to please. To form this bond isn’t so difficult if you’re kind and consistent whilst leaving your dog in […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 07 – Be firm fair and consistent

    Sheepdog Training 07 – Be firm fair and consistent

    Be FIRM, FAIR and CONSISTENT with your dog. Being consistent is one of the most important factors in successful training but it can go too far. From the dog’s point of view, we should feed them at the same time every day, visit them at the same time and take them out training at the […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 08 – Never punish your dog for coming back

    Sheepdog Training 08 – Never punish your dog for coming back

    NEVER punish your dog for coming back to you. Picture a typical scene. You’re out walking your dog in the local park and he runs off to play with another dog he’s just spotted. You call him back but he’s having a great time and ignores you. You call again – this time much louder […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 09 – Getting a good recall on your dog

    Sheepdog Training 09 – Getting a good recall on your dog

    How to train your dog to have a good recall So what should you do if you’re out with your dog somewhere and he won’t come back to you? Well, first, you shouldn’t really be releasing a dog that you can’t trust but let’s imagine you thought he’d be OK (after all, he comes to […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 10 – Always welcome your dog back

    Sheepdog Training 10 – Always welcome your dog back

    Your dog must always feel it’s safe to come to you Where possible in the early stages of training, the dog’s return to you should be made worthwhile, even exciting. Use a pleasant tone and a little fuss to show the dog you’re pleased that he’s returned. If the dog doesn’t respond to this, the […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 11 – Reading your dog’s mind

    Sheepdog Training 11 – Reading your dog’s mind

    Just how do we go about reading our dog’s mind? Well, we can’t exactly do that but we can get close. This is one of the trickier parts of sheep dog training – you need to read the dog’s body language! If you study it, you’ll see that when the dog’s preparing to grip, his […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 12 – careful thought helps cure problems

    Sheepdog Training 12 – careful thought helps cure problems

    Whatever problem you’re having with your dog, you should be able to cure it Think carefully about the problem – why the dog’s doing it and how you can change the training routine to correct it. Sometimes the dog will simply be using its own initiative to try to help you. For instance, if he […]

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