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  • Sheepdog Training 13 – Control your temper

    Sheepdog Training 13 – Control your temper

    Control your temper – your dog will sense your mood. If you’re training a sheepdog and you find yourself getting angry, there are two simple choices open to you: 1. Control Your Temper2. End the session. There is no point in going on with a training session if you’re cross with your dog. Nothing confuses […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 14 – Don’t blame the dog

    Sheepdog Training 14 – Don’t blame the dog

    99% of the time, if things go wrong it’s YOUR fault! Of all the sheepdog training videos and DVDs I’ve watched, this is the single most important statement I’ve gleaned. It was said by Martin Penfold on the Rural Route video “Starting Border Collies on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks“ I think Martin actually said 90% […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 15 – What does a sheepdog do?

    Sheepdog Training 15 – What does a sheepdog do?

    What do sheepdogs actually DO? A good sheepdog should be a valuable assistant to the shepherd or sheep farmer. It will learn where the sheep (or other stock) are likely to be in each field, and it will gather them together calmly, and not leave any behind. A really good sheepdog will even recognise if […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 16 – Started sheepdog or puppy?

    Sheepdog Training 16 – Started sheepdog or puppy?

    Should you buy a puppy or a partly trained dog? It’s a very long road from buying a puppy to taking part in your first trial. This can be daunting for a novice handler but, on the other hand, if you buy a puppy you can be sure it hasn’t developed any bad habits. If […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 17 – ISDS registered or farm dog

    Sheepdog Training 17 – ISDS registered or farm dog

    “Pedigree” or farm dog – which is best? Don’t believe for a moment that a dog must be ISDS registered to be any use as a sheepdog. This is complete nonsense and anyone who says it should be ashamed of themselves. There are fantastically good non-registered sheepdogs – some of which would be perfectly capable […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 18 – Choosing a part-trained dog?

    Sheepdog Training 18 – Choosing a part-trained dog?

    Choosing between a started or partly trained sheepdog. Buying a partly trained dog’s a very popular way of shortcutting the long process of getting from puppy to working stage. The most difficult stage of training is getting control initially, so when you buy a started dog, the worst has already been done. Many people don’t […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 19 – Car chasing and other vices

    Sheepdog Training 19 – Car chasing and other vices

    Car chasing is a common cause of sheepdog and cattle dog deaths. It could be argued that car chasing is even more serious than sheep worrying, because it’s natural to try to avoid a dog which is chasing your car, so the chances of a collision with another vehicle or pedestrian are greatly increased. It’s […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 20 – Suitable housing for your dog

    Sheepdog Training 20 – Suitable housing for your dog

    Give your dog somewhere decent to live. In a shed outside or on your bed? Sheepdogs are amazingly tough creatures, many dogs have virtually no shelter at all – having to find a dry corner somewhere on the farm or maybe having an old steel drum as a shelter from the elements. As long as […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 21 – The correct food for your dog

    Sheepdog Training 21 – The correct food for your dog

    Take a little care over feeding your dog (and take care not to over-feed it). Your sheepdog will be your friend and your pride and joy – so rather than feed it on the cheapest food you can find, take care to find a suitable diet. Equally, don’t take it for granted that the most […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 22 – Spend time with your dog

    Sheepdog Training 22 – Spend time with your dog

    The more quality time you devote to your dog, the stronger the bond between you will be. We strongly advise owners to spend as much time as possible with their dogs. The more the dog knows and trusts you, the more it will bond, and the better it’ll work for you – for instance if […]

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