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… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – Herding sheep with huntaway dogs
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 sheep up in the very early stages of training. It shows she has the natural ability she needs to become… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – How to stop the dog splitting the sheep!
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 house shouldn’t affect the dog’s confidence when it works sheep, but there are plenty of things you can do to… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – Can a sheepdog live in the house?
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!… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – Help for an Inexperienced Handler
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 sheep? ANSWER: In theory, you can train any dog which has the necessary instinct for herding – but there are… Continue reading Sheepdog Training FAQ – Training an Older Dog