Featured tutorials – assess your dog’s progress

There are plenty of ups and downs when you’re training a sheepdog, so take the time to assess your dog’s progress realistically. If you feel progress has slowed (or stopped) then you probably just need to take a step back and give your dog some easier tasks for a while. On the other hand, if you set… Continue reading Featured tutorials – assess your dog’s progress

Featured tutorials – Putting a stop (or wait, or lie down) to it

Stopping the Dog – Parts One, Two & Three take a detailed look at the problems surrounding the stop (or wait, or lie down, or whatever command you choose). They explain why your dog doesn’t want to stop, and what you can do to make it more likely that the dog will obey your stop command when you… Continue reading Featured tutorials – Putting a stop (or wait, or lie down) to it

Featured tutorial – Tess in the Open Field

Maintaining control in the open field An over-excited and strong-willed Tess first appeared in our Starting a Strong Dog tutorial. By the time we filmed “Tess in the Open Field” she’d made great progress, and proved she was quite capable of working to a high standard, but Tess was still young and sheer novelty and enthusiasm made her inconsistent.  However, it… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Tess in the Open Field

Featured tutorials – the Point of Balance

You’ve probably heard of the “point of balance”, but what exactly does it mean? You’ll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o’clock. The theory is that if you imagine the handler is standing at 6 o’clock on a clock face, the dog should be directly opposite the handler (at 12 o’clock) on the… Continue reading Featured tutorials – the Point of Balance

Featured tutorials – Preparing yourself and your dog

Kay enjoy a little safety between Andy's legs before they begin work in the sheep handling yard

Many handlers seem to find the early “puppy” months very stressful; they’re anxious to raise the dog in a way that will spark and preserve the all-important working instinct, but worry about balancing that with the entirely natural desire to have a well behaved family playmate and companion. Sheepdog Selection and Preparation should answer these… Continue reading Featured tutorials – Preparing yourself and your dog

Featured tutorials – gripping the sheep

Training a dog that grips can feel like a thankless task; it might seem that you take three steps forward in your training session only to start the next session two steps further back! It’s important to have faith in your dog and yourself, and concentrate on the small improvements you make.  We wouldn’t want… Continue reading Featured tutorials – gripping the sheep

Featured tutorial – whistles and whistle commands

If you’d like to use a sheepdog whistle, but don’t know where to start, there are two tutorials in the Online Training Tutorials library that can help. In The Sheepdog Whistle Andy demonstrates a tried and tested technique to get you blowing your whistle within minutes. Once you can make a sound, any sound, you’ll find you quickly… Continue reading Featured tutorial – whistles and whistle commands

Featured Tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward

This deceptively simple but significant lesson can pay dividends in improved performance of your dog. As soon as your dog’s working around the sheep, and under some sort of control, this simple exercise gives you the opportunity to improve the dog’s stop, flanks, and working distance – all at once. Backwards is the Way Forward revisits Tess… Continue reading Featured Tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward