Free Sheepdog Training Assessments!

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Send us a clear video of your sheepdog, cattle dog or stock dog training session for FREE advice!

We’re looking at ways of improving our service to visitors to The Working Sheepdog Website – and that includes assessing videos of training sessions with your sheepdog, cattle dog (or any other herding dog which gathers livestock). If there’s enough interest, we may offer a modified version of this service in exchange for payment, so this is your opportunity to get a free assessment of your dog’s work.

If you’d like our opinion of your dog’s work and how to improve it, get a friend to video one of your sheepdog or stock dog training sessions, then send it to us (details below). We’ll watch the video and then we’ll give you some advice on what’s right, what’s going wrong, why it’s going wrong, and how to put it right.

Videos must be no longer than four minutes in length, and they MUST include the moment you send the dog to gather the sheep for the first time in that training session.

We’re not looking for professional quality but if we can’t see what’s happening, we can’t help you. Try to keep the camera steady and avoid sudden movement. If possible, record on a still day to avoid wind noise. If we can’t hear your commands or whistles, it’s impossible to know whether the dog’s obeying them!

Whatever you do, don’t put a music track over the video. We need to hear you commands (if possible) and see how the dog responds to them.

Your video remains your property. We will never use your video in our own productions unless the you specifically grant permission.

We intend to watch all the suitable videos we receive, but we cannot be held responsible if we’re unable to watch or comment for any reason.

Ways to send us your video:

    Copy your video file to a blank DVD or USB Stick and post it to us using the address on our contact page. Video size limited only by the capacity of the DVD. Be sure to enclose your full name and contact details. Enclose paid return package if you require the DVD to be returned.
  • Upload your video file to one of the specialist file transfer websites such as WeTransfer, MailBigFile or Hightail. They all offer a free service and you can send us a link via email once the video is uploaded.
    Upload your video file to FACEBOOK or TWITTER and tag Andy Nickless (Facebook) or @SheepdogTeacher (Twitter). You may prefer to send the video in a private message (PM) if you don’t want it to be available to the public. (Twitter users: Twitter only allows very short videos. Tag me in a tweet to let me know you want to send a video privately and I’ll follow you to make this possible.)
    Put us on your contact list, and send the video via WhatsApp – UK: 0777 955 4560   INTERNATIONAL: +44 777 955 4560
  • Upload your video file to YouTube or Vimeo and send us a link to it via our contact page. You may prefer to use YouTube’s privacy setting if you don’t want the video to be available to the public.

This is a special offer which will run for a short time and is limited to one short video per person (no more than four minutes). To take part, you do not need to be a paid subscriber to our sheepdog training tutorials, but the advice we give will probably advise you to watch one or more of the videos to help you understand the issue better.


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  1. Hi,
    I realise this post was posted a few years ago now, but I’m just wondering if you are still accepting videos of training sessions. I would love an assessment of my trainee sheepdog.

    1. No problem, Scott. We’re happy to see your video and comment on it, but please make it no more than four minutes, and include the moment you send the dog off to the sheep for the first time that day! This will help a lot!

  2. Hi,
    I’m just wondering if you are still running this offer?
    I would love it if you would be able to asses a training session with my young dog.

    1. Still running it, Anna! Please keep the video short – and if possible, I like to see the first moments of the training session (when you first send the dog to the sheep).

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