Featured tutorials – Preparing yourself and your dog

Two sheepdogs looking happy between their handler's legs
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 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.

Mel and Andy at Powick sheepdog trials

These two tutorials are based on the Handler and Sheepdog chapters from our First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD, with some valuable additions and, of course, English subtitles. 

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