Sheepdog Training Questions and Answers

These are recent questions we’ve been asked about sheepdog training and the answers we’ve given. Feel free to ask your own sheepdog training question in the comment section at the foot of this page.

FAQ - Calling the dog away when it's working

FAQ – Calling the dog away when it’s working

QUESTION: How can I call my dog away when he's working in the ring or in a yard? ANSWER: It’s natural for the trainee dog to want to keep working. Being confined in a training ... Read More
Sheepdog trainer working close to the dog

FAQ – Can a sheepdog live in the house?

QUESTION: My dog is very enthusiastic and eager to work but she's a bit timid and runs away from aggressive sheep. Are we spoiling her by keeping her in the house? ANSWER: Living in the ... Read More
FAQ - Help for an Inexperienced Handler

FAQ – Help for an Inexperienced Handler

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 ... Read More
Huntaway dog herding a bunch of sheep towards some farm buildings

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 ... Read More
Photo of a cattle dog jumping up aggressively towards a heifer's face

FAQ – How can I stop my dog attacking cattle?

QUESTION: My dog works cattle quite well, but dives in and grips their legs for no apparent reason. How can I calm him down and stop him gripping cattle when they're moving OK? ANSWER: The ... Read More
FAQ - How do I know my puppy will work sheep or cattle?

FAQ – How do I know my puppy will work sheep or cattle?

QUESTION: I have a young Border Collie puppy which I want to use for herding our sheep. How can I tell if he's interested in working? ANSWER: If one or more of your pup's parents ... Read More
FAQ - How to stop the dog splitting the sheep!

FAQ – How to stop the dog splitting the sheep!

QUESTION: My dog likes to split the sheep up and bite them. I am having trouble getting her to go round them. Can you help? ANSWER: It’s perfectly normal for your dog to split the ... Read More
Photo of a sheepdog waiting to be sent off to gather sheep

FAQ – My dog goes out too wide

QUESTION: My dog is generally working well but when I send her on an outrun to gather the sheep, she goes out too far. How can I stop my dog going too wide? ANSWER: Going ... Read More
Training a sheepdog inside a training ring.

FAQ – My dog stops sheep going in the pen!

QUESTION: I'm trying to put the sheep into a yard but my dog stops them from going in. How can I get my dog to put the sheep right in? ANSWER: This problem is more ... Read More
FAQ - My dogs killed a sheep today, what can I do?

FAQ – My dogs killed a sheep today, what can I do?

QUESTION: My dogs killed a sheep today. I don't want to have the dogs destroyed, they are working Kelpie X Collie dogs which we want to train on sheep and cattle. What can I do? ... Read More
Close up picture of a dog close behind a sheep.

FAQ – Training an Older Dog

QUESTION: We have an eight year old border collie and now live on a smallholding where we will soon get our first flock of sheep. Will it be possible to train the dog to work ... Read More
Photo of a man holding a sheepdog on a lead whilst the dog is staring at nearby sheep

FAQ – Should I take my dog to see sheep?

QUESTION: Is it OK to walk my dog around the sheep every day? He's not ready to work them yet but I want him to get used to being near them. ANSWER: Familiarising the dog ... Read More

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