Category: Training Advice

  • Sheepdog Training Tutorial – The Sheepdog Whistle (01)

    We’ve just added our latest Sheepdog Training TutorialBasic Sheepdog Training – Sheepdog Whistle (Part 1). Although we planned to bring out the Driving (part 3) tutorial after Driving part 2, the number of enquiries we’ve had about mastering the sheepdog whistle, prompted us to re-edit the whistles chapter of ourFirst Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog […]

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  • Teaching a dog to flank wider when driving sheep

    Several subscribers to our online sheepdog training videos have recently asked us how to get a dog to flank wider when it’s driving. In the early stages of driving, a trainee dog will often get too close to the sheep when asked to flank because driving is stressful for it. The dog desperately wants to […]

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  • Online sheepdog training videos – now with subtitles

    One of the positive sides of many weeks of persistent rain is that when it’s far too wet to train sheepdogs, you can spend more time catching up with various other jobs that you’ve been meaning to do for a while. In my case, it’s adding subtitles to our online sheepdog training videos I should […]

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  • Pru goes sheepdog training

    Pru decides to take at look at our sheepdog training class Saturday (August 11th) was a sheepdog training day, and for the first time Pru decided to wander out into the field with everyone else to see what all the fuss was about. We always allow any puppies we have to mix and mingle with […]

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  • Another arduous sheepdog training session

    You don’t get this good without lots of practise Sometimes we even train our dogs on sheep. Honest. But I couldn’t resist this photo, partly because it shows two new dogs that we haven’t written about yet. At the far side of the ring, looking in, stands Tess, who arrived on Sunday. Tess is the […]

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  • Me? Train to be a sheepdog? . . I don’t think so.

    It’s my belief that somewhere deep in their mind, most border collies have the instinct to work sheep and other livestock. The instinct may well be dormant, but I believe it exists, and with the correct training, can be brought into useful service. Most young border collies (and some other breeds) seem to have the […]

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  • A young sheepdog with all the qualities I like

    A young sheepdog with all the qualities I like

    Among the many important attributes that I look for in a trainee sheepdog are confidence, the power to move stubborn sheep, and ‘sheep sense’. By ‘sheep sense’, I mean a dog that can ‘read’ what the sheep are about to do and act accordingly. You wouldn’t expect a ten month old dog with little training […]

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  • Some things are easier said than done

    On our Sheepdog Training DVD I explain that you must keep young puppies away from sheep. There’s a very good reason for this – if the sheep should frighten the pup, that fear could stay with the pup for many years, if not for all its life. Fortunately, our sheep (Welsh Mules) are very placid […]

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