Sheepdog Training FAQ – Herding sheep with huntaway dogs

QUESTION: I’m getting a Huntaway to work my sheep and cattle but I can’t find any Huntaway specific training on the internet. Are the principles the same as Border Collies?

ANSWER: The basics such as general dog behaviour and discipline around stock are exactly the same, but as I understand it, Huntaways work in a different way to collies. I believe they are intended for PUSHING big mobs of sheep, whereas the Border Collie (and to a slightly lesser extent, Kelpies) will work with more precision.

Huntaway dog herding a bunch of sheep towards some farm buildings

The Collie is especially good for sending out to GATHER the sheep to you, whereas (I believe) Huntaways need to be dropped off behind the sheep, and they’ll push them home.

There! You probably know more about Huntaways than I do now. A reputable breeder should give you advice on training the dog.

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