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Starting a non-starter (Part 2)

Starting a non-starter (Part 2)

In part one of our "Starting a non-starter" tutorials we took an in-depth look at the theory behind whether dogs will work stock or not ... Watch now
Photo of a border collie clambering through a fence to get away from the sheep in the background

Starting a non starter (Part 1)

It's very disappointing to find that your dog doesn't seem to want to work sheep or cattle, but it doesn't necessarily mean you won't be ... Watch now
Back to Forwards - online sheepdog training video

Back to Forwards

Walking backwards with the dog steadily bringing the sheep up to you at the pace you choose to move back at is one of the ... Watch now
Close up photo of Maisie, the dog used in this herding sheepdog training tutorial

Starting a reluctant dog

Most dogs are over-excited when they first encounter sheep and it's up to the trainer to do their best to protect the stock. Occasionally though ... Watch now
Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

Just as most humans are left or right-handed, the majority of herding dogs favour working in one direction over another. Often, sheep and cattle dog ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 8)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 8)

When a dog's proving slow to train, it's particularly important to be able to recognise the areas where progress is being made, and to communicate ... Watch now
Stopping the Dog (Part 2) The Perfect Stop

Stopping the Dog (Part 2) The Perfect Stop

Every handler wants a dog that stops on command, on the spot; and a dog that will stay there is a real bonus. But be ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 7) - Going too Wide

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 7) – Going too Wide

In part seven, of our Bronwen and Scylla comparison, we focus entirely on Bronwen. Although she's far more advanced and reliable than her sister, Scylla, ... Watch now
Use a reward to get training on board

Use a reward to get training on board

Working dogs have a huge capacity for learning, but in order to learn things that we want them to do, there must be some reward ... Watch now
Top tips for easier training

Top tips for easier training

Nobody would claim that training a dog to work sheep or other livestock is an easy matter, but by understanding what is going on and ... Watch now
Training a dog which is aggressive with sheep

Training Max – the Gripper (Part 3)

The third and final part of our "Training Max the Gripper" tutorials sees Max working well in the training ring but then Andy decides to ... Watch now
Training Max - The Gripper (Part 2)

Training Max – The Gripper (Part 2)

After a quick recap of Max's colourful start to his training, this tutorial shows him making good progress in the training ring and even starting ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)

Part six of our series comparing the training of litter sisters, Bronwen and Scylla, sees Scylla continuing to make slow progress in the ring. Andy's ... Watch now
Training Max - the Gripper

Training Max – the Gripper

Not for the faint-hearted, this tutorial deals with one of the most difficult aspects of sheepdog training, how to cope with a very strong-willed dog ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)

In part five we see how Bronwen and Scylla meet the challenge of new, and "undogged" sheep. Some of the results are predictable, and true ... Watch now
Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

For a long time now we've wanted to update our because our training techniques and understanding of sheepdogs have improved immensely since the DVD's release ... Watch now
Balance - What's the Point?

Balance – What’s the Point?

Sheepdog trainers often refer to The Point of Balance but what exactly is it, and where can we find one? In this short tutorial, we ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 4)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 4)

Bronwen proves she's not perfect, but she continues to be far ahead of Scylla in terms of her sheep work. Scylla's tail is still flying ... Watch now
Outrun (Part 3) Slingshot

Outrun (Part 3) Slingshot

Part three in our series of Outrun tutorials demonstrates how we use what we call "The Slingshot" technique to make the dog go out much ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 3)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 3)

Bronwen struggles to get the sheep into the ring. Once the sheep are in, we watch both Bronwen and Scylla's training sessions in the ring ... Watch now
Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

It's all very well training your dog to keep back from the sheep and not upset them, but what can you do if the sheep ... Watch now
Woolly Jumpers

Woolly Jumpers

Sheep which learn to jump out of the training area can be very difficult to cope with. No only do they disrupt the training session, ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 2)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 2)

We find out just how difficult Scylla can be when she encounters sheep. When Scylla gets into the training ring she's very trying at first, ... Watch now
Eliminate the Toilet Break

Eliminate the Toilet Break

It's important to discourage your dog from taking a toilet break while it's working. Not only is it not professional, but dog which has stopped ... Watch now
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 1)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 1)

Follow the progress of two litter sisters - Bronwen and Scylla - as they learn to become sheepdogs. They might have the same parents, but ... Watch now
Tess in the Open Field

Tess in the Open Field

As well as learning specific sheepdog training topics, we like to show you complete training sessions. This helps keep the topics in context and gives ... Watch now
Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!

Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!

One of the best ways to get a dog to give the sheep space when it's flanking is to send it what we call "the ... Watch now
Get off the fence!

Get off the fence!

Getting stubborn sheep away from a fence or hedge during the early stages of training can be very frustrating unless you know the "tricks of ... Watch now
No Excuses Please!

No Excuses Please!

It's very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your dog's work is better than it really is. We're eager to move our dog's ... Watch now
Eve at the Pen

Eve at the Pen

Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and control. In this tutorial we see Eve, a keen young ... Watch now
Educating Gloria!

Educating Gloria!

Click icon at base of viewer for full-screen or zoom-into your browser page This tutorial shows nine-month old Gloria, a bright, enthusiastic young dog, and ... Watch now
What Shall I Do Next?

What Shall I Do Next?

When you start to train a sheepdog there are so many issues that need attention that it can be quite daunting. You can't possibly address ... Watch now
Backwards is the way forward

Backwards is the way forward

It's boring - and it might appear pointless to the novice, but walking backwards with the dog bringing the sheep up to you is the ... Watch now
Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) (Part 2)

Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) (Part 2)

Using a training ring, can make teaching your dog its inside flanks and circling the sheep much easier. It stops the sheep from moving away, ... Watch now
Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) (Part 1)

Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) (Part 1)

Even if the dog's already competent at driving, teaching inside flanks or circling on command is not easy, but once the dog will do it ... Watch now
Puppy Training Essentials

Puppy Training Essentials

Tempting though it may be to try your puppy with stock at a very early age, you should beware. Unless you can be absolutely certain ... Watch now
Sheepdog Trials - Getting Started (Part 2)

Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Part 2)

Competing in your first sheepdog trial can be a daunting experience. There are many things to remember. The learning curve can be steep and unforgiving, ... Watch now
Sheepdog Trials - Getting Started (Part 1)

Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Part 1)

Competing in your first sheepdog trial can be a daunting experience. There are many things to remember and the learning curve can be steep. Where ... Watch now
Learn Your Commands

Learn Your Commands

Attempting to train a sheep or cattle dog when you're not fully conversant with the commands can cause serious problems. It's completely unfair on the ... Watch now
The Dog's Confidence (Part 1)

The Dog’s Confidence (Part 1)

Understanding the factors which affect the dog's work is extremely important for a successful sheep or cattle dog trainer, and of those factors,the dog's confidence ... Watch now
Teach Your Dog to Work on Whistle Commands

Teach Your Dog to Work on Whistle Commands

It's much harder to learn to blow a sheepdog whistle than it is to teach the dog to work on them! This totally remade tutorial ... Watch now
Stopping The Dog (Part 1)

Stopping The Dog (Part 1)

It's important to get a good stop on your dog, but there are pitfalls. Proceed with care. Too much emphasis on making the dog stop ... Watch now
My Dog's No Good

My Dog’s No Good

If someone tells you your dog's no good, don't believe them. As long as your dog has the herding instinct, the will to work for ... Watch now
Coming Out - With Some Dignity Attached!

Coming Out – With Some Dignity Attached!

Getting your trainee sheepdog to bring the sheep out of the training ring without crisis can be a tricky affair. The sheep will usually grasp ... Watch now
How Often How Long

How Often How Long

One of the questions we are most frequently asked is about the frequency and duration of sheepdog training sessions. There are no hard and fast ... Watch now
Sheepdogs Time Out!

Sheepdogs Time Out!

Following on from the very popular video - and while we put the finishing touches to our latest sheepdog training tutorial, we thought we'd give ... Watch now
An Insight into Pack Behaviour

An Insight into Pack Behaviour

This tutorial's a little different from usual as we're looking at dog behaviour, rather than training. "An Insight into Pack Behaviour" was originally a chapter ... Watch now
Starting a Strong Dog

Starting a Strong Dog

In Part one of Starting a Young Puppy we saw that with care, it's possible to begin a puppy's training at a very early age, ... Watch now
Outrun (Part 2)

Outrun (Part 2)

The outrun marks the difference between a dog in training and a dog in work. When you no longer need to walk to your sheep, ... Watch now
Starting a Young Puppy (Part 2)

Starting a Young Puppy (Part 2)

In part one of Starting a Young Puppy, we saw that with care, it's possible to begin a puppy's training at a very early age ... Watch now
Starting a Young Puppy (Part 1)

Starting a Young Puppy (Part 1)

The usual age for starting a pup on sheep is between six and twelve months, but if you have the right sort of sheep and ... Watch now
Sticky Dogs

Sticky Dogs

"That dog's got too much eye!" You'll sometimes hear this when a sheepdog, invariably a Border collie, appears mesmerised by the sheep, and reluctant to ... Watch now
Shedding

Shedding

Shedding is one of those operations that contradicts the basic rules we've taught the dog so far. Previously, we've insisted the dog keeps the sheep ... Watch now
Calm but Firm

Calm but Firm

A dog which is aggressive with the sheep, but runs away as soon as the trainer attempts to correct it, is among the most difficult ... Watch now
Outrun (Part 1)

Outrun (Part 1)

A good outrun is absolutely essential if a sheepdog is to work efficiently. Fortunately, it's not difficult to train a dog to do an outrun, ... Watch now
Close Work 2 - In and Out of the Yard

Close Work 2 – In and Out of the Yard

In this follow-up to , Carew and Tess are each required to bring a small bunch of sheep into the yard. The task is more ... Watch now
Driving (Part 3)

Driving (Part 3)

Unashamed deception! Calling the dog back onto line when it's determined to hook the sheep back to you can be difficult and frustrating. As it ... Watch now
Driving (Part 2)

Driving (Part 2)

Following on from the first sheepdog driving tutorial, in this video, you will learn how to use your body position to maintain some control over ... Watch now
Driving (Part 1)

Driving (Part 1)

Some sheepdog trainers dread teaching their dog to drive and it's understandable, because when we ask a dog to take the sheep or cattle away, ... Watch now
Whistle (Part 1)

Whistle (Part 1)

If you work sheep at a distance, in bad weather or under noisy conditions, you need to use a whistle, but many people find sheepdog ... Watch now
Close work (Part 1)

Close work (Part 1)

Teaching a dog to bring the sheep to you in the open field is all very well, but your dog needs to do much more ... Watch now
The Training Stick

The Training Stick

By far the most important tool we use for training sheepdogs is the lightweight plastic pipe. We call it the Training Stick - and we ... Watch now
Give the sheep space

Give the sheep space

If your dog's going to work sheep or cattle properly, it must learn to give them plenty of room. If the dog keeps well back ... Watch now
The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training

The Golden Rule of Sheepdog Training

There are a number important rules to keep in mind when you train a dog to work cattle or sheep. In this tutorial, Andy takes ... Watch now

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