Featured tutorials – My Dog’s No Good, and No Excuses Please!

If you can tell which is Boz and which is Phiz from the front, you're doing well! (Mew and Maddie in the background).

Sheepdog training – with a little help from Johnny Mercer? Take a look at two complementary short tutorials, My Dog’s No Good and No Excuses Please! My Dog’s No Good warns against falling into the trap of believing your dog will never make a good sheepdog. So long as it’s fit, healthy and keen, the… Continue reading Featured tutorials – My Dog’s No Good, and No Excuses Please!

Featured tutorial – Stopping the Dog Part 2 – Revised!

We’ve uploaded the latest tutorial to benefit from a lot of new footage and much more information. Now that part two of our “Stopping the Dog” series is available to members, these completely revised tutorials Stopping the Dog – Parts One & Two take a detailed look at the problems surrounding the stop (or stand,… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Stopping the Dog Part 2 – Revised!

Featured tutorials – basic training

There’s more to training a sheepdog than just sheep work. We know that sheepdogs love to work, so we can take advantage of that to teach our dogs other things that will make life easier for us – and them. We want to remind you of two tutorials in the library: Use a Reward to… Continue reading Featured tutorials – basic training

Featured tutorial – the Point of Balance

Everyone’s heard that the dog must balance the sheep, but what does it mean? You’ll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o’clock. To understand where this is, you need to imagine that the handler is standing at 6 o’clock on a clock face with the dog directly opposite the handler (at 12 o’clock) on the… Continue reading Featured tutorial – the Point of Balance

Featured tutorial – Eve at the Pen

Many of our online tutorials include actual training sessions with a trainee dog. No training happens in isolation so, as well as the main topic of the tutorial, any training session can highlight other aspects of the dog’s work – good or not so good. A typical example is Eve at the Pen. At this… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Eve at the Pen

Featured tutorials – Considering sheep

Don’t ever be tempted to think that sheep are stupid! They might not be deep thinkers, but they’re experts at protecting themselves from a dog – either by running away, or by standing and facing – and their size (and feet!) can be intimidating to an inexperienced or shy dog. We talk about sheep on… Continue reading Featured tutorials – Considering sheep

Featured tutorial – Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

It takes great courage for a dog to lie on the floor very close to stubborn or aggressive sheep, but Bronwen loves her work in the sheep yard and is happy to oblige

It takes huge self-confidence for a dog to lie down in this situation, but even a cautious dog can learn to assert itself. Sheep are natural “runners” when they’re being hunted, but certain situations, such as when held in a pen, or protecting their lambs, can make a sheep turn and fight back. While sheep… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Sometimes Nice is Not Enough