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.


Featured tutorial – the Point of Balance

Everyone's heard that the dog must balance the sheep, but what does it mean?

You'll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o'clock. To understand where this is, you need to imagine that the handler is standing at 6 o'clock on a clock face with the dog directly opposite the handler (at 12 o'clock) on the other side of the sheep.

At least, that's the theory.

In practise it isn't quite so simple, but rest assured that if the sheep are moving towards you, in a straight line, then wherever your dog is it has found the point of balance.

Watch the Balance tutorial to understand the basics of balance. Once you've mastered the point of balance Sending the Dog the Wrong Way looks at working OFF balance, and Driving Part 2 explains that the point of balance can be more than just watching the clock!

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.


Featured tutorials – the dog and the handler

Silhouette image of a shepherd and dog moving a small bunch of sheep

The Sheepdog Selection and Preparation and Sheepdog Handler tutorials provide lots of helpful tips and advice.

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

Training with a young collie and a few sheep

Sheepdog Selection and Preparation should answer these questions, and more, and help you develop the relationship with your working dog.

The Sheepdog Handler tutorial looks at the other end of the "magic cord" - you! For example, you need to be prepared to run, to help your dog balance the sheep or to maintain control. Body position is arguably your most important tool because it influences both the dog and the sheep, so it helps to be fairly fit.

A few simple steps will fully equip you to start training, and to be in the best position to guide your dog.

These two tutorials are based on the Handler and Sheepdog chapters from our First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD, with a few changes, and added subtitles.

If you need more help please leave a comment or question on the tutorial page. Remember, to watch the tutorials you'll need to be logged in as a paid member.


Featured tutorial – Sending the dog the Wrong Way

Young sheepdog working off balance

Our Sending the Dog the Wrong Way tutorial demonstrates a great exercise to encourage the dog to widen out on its flanks and outrun, and to give the sheep more space.

But, just as when we start to teach shedding we ask the dog to ignore one of its basic lessons (NOT to run through the sheep) this time we want the dog to work off balance: that is, to ignore the old rule of stopping at the back of the sheep (often referred to as 12 o'clock).

A collie sheepdog working sheep in long yellow grass

It isn't always easy to convince the dog that this is a good idea, so take time to understand the technique and why your dog might find it difficult.

Teaching your dog to ignore the point of balance and go the wrong way is essential for driving, and for yard and pen work, and will result in a more versatile and useful dog.

If you need more help please leave a comment or question on the tutorial page. Remember, to watch the tutorials you'll need to be logged in as a paid member.