Category: Training Articles

  • 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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  • Sheepdog Training 23 – Traditional sheepdog commands

    Sheepdog Training 23 – Traditional sheepdog commands

    Visit our Sheepdog Terminology page for a fuller list of traditional sheepdog commands and language used by shepherds, sheep farmers and sheepdog trials competitors. To avoid confusing the trainee dog, keep your early commands to a minimum. You can introduce more, once the dog’s skill improves. The basic commands generally used in sheepdog training are […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 24 – How to begin training your dog

    Sheepdog Training 24 – How to begin training your dog

    How do I train my herding sheepdog? When you take your sheepdog pup to sheep for the first time, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that he’ll behave just as it does at home. It’s possible of course, but even if he did, very soon he would gain confidence and turn into […]

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