Category: Training Advice

  • Sheepdog Training 31 – Teaching the dog to drive sheep

    Sheepdog Training 31 – Teaching the dog to drive sheep

    How to teach your herding dog to drive sheep away. Since writing this post, our sheepdog training methods have changed. In the case of driving, quite drastically. For the latest information on our much more efficient training methods, why not subscribe to our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorial Videos (membership required). As soon as time allows […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 32 – Sheepdog trials

    Sheepdog Training 32 – Sheepdog trials

    The Sport of Sheepdog Trials. Our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials (see Preview video below) include two lengthy videos which will help you to prepare your dog and yourself for sheepdog trials. The body which controls sheepdog trialling is the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS). Various types of trials take place throughout the UK and internationally. […]

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  • Sheepdog Training 33 – What happens at sheepdog trials?

    Sheepdog Training 33 – What happens at sheepdog trials?

    What happens at a sheepdog trial and why? Our Online Sheepdog Training Tutorials (see Preview video below) include two lengthy videos which will help you to prepare your dog and yourself for sheepdog trials. Most sheepdog trials in the UK are run to similar format. The handler and dog stand at a ‘post‘ at one […]

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  • FAQ – How to progress from training, to flock work

    FAQ – How to progress from training, to flock work

    QUESTION: How do you go from training a dog to collect six dogged sheep, to collecting a hundred or more flighty sheep, scattered around in a field? ANSWER: In a word, gradually!Good training should progress at a rate the student can cope with. If the student’s finding the work too difficult, the trainer’s pushing too […]

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    FREE Sheepdog Training Assessments!

    Send us a clear video of your sheepdog, cattle dog or stock dog training session for FREE advice! Our advice is based on our interpretation of the information you provide, and intended to help you improve your dog’s work. We cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen or unintended consequences which result from your interpretation […]

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  • FAQ – Stop at the top of the outrun without command?

    FAQ – Stop at the top of the outrun without command?

    QUESTION: Should my trainee sheepdog stop at the top of its outrun without a command from me? ANSWER: It’s nice to think the young dog will stop at the top of its outrun without a command, and indeed, it sometimes happens. But I’m inclined to think the dog is likely to be stopping because its […]

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  • FAQ – Sticky dog biting sheep’s faces

    FAQ – Sticky dog biting sheep’s faces

    QUESTION: My dog has become very ‘sticky’ and recently started biting the faces of the sheep, instead of responding to my commands what should I do? ANSWER: Being sticky (staring at the sheep and not responding to commands) and biting sheep, are both indications of a lack of confidence. If the dog has recently begun […]

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  • FAQ – Outruns (send the dog from your side)

    FAQ – Outruns (send the dog from your side)

    QUESTION: My dog’s doing lovely long outruns when I stand between her and the sheep, but how do I get her to do them from by my side? ANSWER: The reason for standing between the dog and the sheep when you send it on its outrun, is so that you can move towards the dog […]

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