QUESTION: I purchased a fully trained sheepdog but I have never worked a dog on livestock before. Do your videos cover how to start off with a trained dog?
ANSWER: Sometimes people buy a trained dog in the hope that it will know what to do, but that’s asking a lot of the poor dog! We need to give our dog a lot of guidance such as: where to gather the livestock from, and where you’ll want it to take them, but this is only a tiny part of what they need to know. But there’s more to it than that.
Even a highly skilled dog needs to know the pace you want it to work at, and how much pressure to apply to the stock for instance, and skilled dogs are no exception when it comes to cutting corners and find easier ways for themselves to work. These ways may not be what we require, so we need to understand when the dog’s working correctly and when it’s not!
Our Sheepdog Training Tutorials are of huge benefit to beginners, because to get the best out of your dog, you need to understand HOW and WHY the dog works the way it does – and how to correct the dog when things go wrong (as they inevitably will).
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