QUESTION: I have a young Border Collie puppy which I want to use for herding our sheep. How can I tell if he’s interested in working? ANSWER: If one or more of your pup’s parents works sheep or other livestock, there’s a very good chance your pup will too. Probably the first sign you’ll have… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – How do I know my puppy will work sheep or cattle?
QUESTION: How can I call my dog away when he’s working in the yard? He’s a young Kelpie who works well, but won’t come back off the stock when I call him. ANSWER: It’s quite natural for the trainee dog to want to keep working, and being confined in a yard creates a lot of… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – Calling the dog away when it’s working
QUESTION: My dogs killed a sheep today. I don’t want to have the dogs destroyed, they are working Kelpie X Collie dogs which we want to train on sheep and cattle. What can I do? ANSWER: I’m sorry to hear that your dogs have killed a ewe. I’m afraid this is what happens when people… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – My dogs killed a sheep today, what can I do?
QUESTION: I’m trying to put the sheep into a yard but my dog stops them from going in. How can I get my dog to put the sheep right in? ANSWER: This problem is more common than you would think. One example of it is when you first begin to move sheep into another field.… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – My dog stops sheep going in the pen!
QUESTION: I’m getting a Huntaway to work my sheep and cattle but I can’t find any Huntaway specific training on the internet. Are the principles the same as Border Collies? ANSWER: The basics such as general dog behaviour and discipline around stock are exactly the same, but as I understand it, Huntaways work in a… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – Herding sheep with huntaway dogs
QUESTION: My dog likes to split the sheep up and bite them. I am having trouble getting her to go round them. Can you help? ANSWER: It’s perfectly normal for your dog to split the sheep up in the very early stages of training. It shows she has the natural ability she needs to become… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – How to stop the dog splitting the sheep!
QUESTION: My dog is very enthusiastic and eager to work but she’s a bit timid and runs away from aggressive sheep. Are we spoiling her by keeping her in the house? ANSWER: Living in the house shouldn’t affect the dog’s confidence when it works sheep, but there are plenty of things you can do to… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – Can a sheepdog live in the house?
QUESTION: I purchased a fully trained sheepdog but I have never worked a dog on livestock before. Do your videos cover how to start off with a trained dog? ANSWER: Sometimes people buy a trained dog in the hope that it will know what to do, but that’s asking a lot of the poor dog!… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – Help for an Inexperienced Handler