Featured Tutorial: The Training Area

Trainee sheep and cattle dog Remus keeping a small bunch of sheep under control

(Not to be confused with “The Training Ring“)

IS YOUR TRAINING GROUND A HELP, OR A HINDERANCE?

Your training area can make or break the early training sessions. It might seem like hard work, but taking the time to round off the corners and clear some obstacles will make it easier for your dog to succeed, and pay dividends in saving your time and temper.

A group of "Badger Faced" sheep hiding under a canopy of overhanging branches

A SAFE HAVEN!
It takes a confident, skilled dog to get sheep out from under a hedge like this! Sheep are quick to take advantage of any refuge they find when being pursued by an untrained dog.

We originally examined the training area on our First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD, and it also appears, with a few changes and the addition of optional English subtitles, as The Training Area tutorial in the tutorial library.

The Training Area looks at how to adapt the space you have available and suggests some alternatives, including using sheep hurdles to build a temporary training ring, if the corners and obstacles are beyond your control. 

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ONLINE SHEEP AND CATTLE DOG TRAINING TUTORIALS

For English SUBTITLES click CC on the player.

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Clear, inexpensive, herding sheepdog training instruction

We now have 70 clearly explained, easy to follow sheep and cattle dog training videos for first time sheepdog trainers, farmers, and shepherds. Watch the preview here!

Featured Tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward

Sheepdog trainer Andy Nickless walking backwards as his dog brings the sheep up to him steadily

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 and her training. Tess was a strong and determined dog, with loads of potential, but we needed to harness her enthusiasm and create a working partnership with her before she could make progress. In this tutorial you’ll see a training session where Andy puts this deceptively simple exercise into practice. 

You won’t need vast acres or even a training ring for your “backwards” training sessions, but eyes in the back of your head would definitely help! When you’re both ready for something more advanced the follow-up, Back to Forwards, will show what you and your dog can learn when you turn around and look where you’re going.

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Featured tutorial – The Stop (Part 3)

Some sheepdogs stay on their feet, rather than lie down, when they stop

A huge thank you to the subscriber who let us know they were having problems running Part Three of our Stopping the Dog tutorial.

The entire tutorial has been taken apart and put back together again, and not only is it up and running as it should be, we think it’s better than ever. So if you’ve tried to watch it and couldn’t, or haven’t looked at the Stopping the Dog series yet, we recommend you check it out.

Achieving a good Stop can involve many other aspects of your dog’s training, and will be affected by his character and, possibly, yours too.

In Stopping the Dog Part 3 you’ll see:

  • The importance of balancing control of the dog with protecting the dog’s confidence
  • Modifying your approach to match the various characteristics of the dog (if it’s aggressive, sticky, shy etc.) and matching the intensity of training with the sensitivity of the dog
  • Coping with a dog that won’t stop
  • There are good and bad times to attempt to stop the dog. Learn how to judge an opportunity, or when there’s no way the dog will stop
  • The benefits of keeping a dog in place once you’ve stopped it – and why you need to let it go again
  • The importance of the tone of your voice
  • How to DELIVER your commands for best effect
  • The importance of preventing boredom by setting yourself and the dog simple tasks, rather than just repetitive training (though that’s important too)

The Stop can be a big problem for many new or inexperienced handlers (and sometimes, even the experienced ones) but understanding why it isn’t working for you and your dog can often lead the way to improved work all round. 

A February offer for new subscribers


Have you been waiting to take the leap?

If your new year resolutions included improving your sheepdog’s work – or your handling – or perhaps training your first sheepdog, make February 2020 the month when you take the leap!

All new 12-month (one-off) subscriptions taken out during February 2020 will receive 13 months for the price of 12.

Simply sign up and pay in the usual way (HERE) in a choice of 17 currencies, and you’ll automatically receive an extra month’s access to the tutorials library.

Subscribers can watch new tutorials as soon as they appear, ask for help, or leave comments on the tutorials pages. Paid subscribers may also submit short videos of their own training sessions for evaluation and advice.

NB: Tutorials are only available to paid subscribers who are logged into their account.


Featured tutorial – Stopping the Dog Part 2 – Revised!


We’ve uploaded the latest tutorial to benefit from a lot of new footage and much more information.

Now that part two of our “Stopping the Dog” series is available to members, these completely revised tutorials Stopping the Dog – Parts One & Two take a detailed look at the problems surrounding the stop (or stand, or lie down, whichever 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 respect your stop command when you give it.

We also look at situations that occur, or that you can create, where the dog is most likely to obey you, as well as how to catch your dog when all else has failed (and why it’s important to let it go again!)

Watch Stopping the Dog – Part Two in conjunction with Stopping the Dog – Part One and How Can I Slow the Dog Down?

Sheepdog in training, Dulcie looking very businesslike

We hope you’ll find the new Part Two more clear, and even more helpful, than its predecessor, but we’re always happy to hear from you. Please let us know what you think, via the comments section on our tutorials pages.

NB: Tutorials are available to paid subscribers who are logged into their account. Paid subscribers may also submit short videos of their own training sessions for evaluation and advice. Please contact us for details.


Slow broadband, or poor mobile reception?

Lovely image of man and sheepdog. Border collie yawning.

Now our tutorials easier to watch.

If you live or work in a rural area you’ll know that rural broadband and mobile coverage can be especially poor, so we’ve added a “lower quality” option. Our latest player gives you three play qualities to choose from, so we’re sure that at least one of them will suit you!

You’ll see from the first screenshot of Tucker (immediately below) where to find the play quality – High, Standard, and Low.

Now look to the bottom right corner of this second screenshot.

This is what you’ll see when you click on the play quality icon – High (HD), Standard (SD) and Low (LD). The quality control can be found on all the tutorials, and on the tutorials Preview.

Whichever you choose, your player will automatically select the same quality for each tutorial, until you change it.

How can you be sure this will work for you?

If you haven’t previously been able to watch the training videos, try the preview first (you’ll find it at the bottom of this page). If the preview runs smoothly, the tutorials will run smoothly too.

Tutorials are available to paid subscribers who are logged into their account. Paid membership gives you access to all the tutorials, as often as you wish, and instant access to any new tutorials as soon as they appear on the website.

As a paid subscriber you can post questions on the tutorials pages, and can even send us short videos of your dog working (or not) if you run up against a specific problem.


Featured tutorial – Tess in the Open Field


Watching a real training session will show you the theory put into practice.

An over-excited and strong-willed Tess first appeared in our Starting a Strong Dog tutorial. In Tess in the Open Field she’s made great progress, and has proved she’s capable of working to a high standard, but Tess is still young and sheer novelty and enthusiasm makes her inconsistent.

In Tess in the Open Field you’ll see the techniques we use to improve the dog’s flanks and outrun, and to introduce the concept of driving, used in real-time in an actual training session. As you’d expect, Tess doesn’t always get it right (for one reason or another) but she’s making progress.

Watching an unedited training session is the next best thing to watching a session of your own. You’ll see the theory of the tutorials actually put into practice, and it will help you understand what your dog’s doing, and why, and how you can put it right.

If you recognise your own dog in this tutorial take heart – after a trying start, Tess developed into a useful and stylish sheep dog.

NB: Tutorials are available to paid subscribers who are logged into their account, and paid subscribers are also invited to submit short videos of their own training sessions for evaluation and advice. Please contact us for more details.


Special offer for one-year subscriptions


New subscriptions will be valid for up to 14 months.

A one-off 12 month subscription to our online training tutorials will make a super gift for anyone who’s training, or is thinking of training, a sheepdog.

New one-year subscriptions, paid during November and December, will be valid until 1st January 2021 – it means that, regardless of when you buy, you can be sure your recipient will get a full 12 months’ benefit.

It doesn’t have to be a gift. Buy a year’s subscription for yourself and take advantage of two extra months!

Our video tutorials give members lots of guidance for starting a dog, progressing its training, and dealing with the challenges that arise.

NB: Tutorials are available to paid subscribers who are logged in to their account. There’s more information about our sheepdog training tutorials in the video below.