The Working Sheepdog Website


  • The training area

    The training area

    Improve your sheepdog training area. Find out how a little preparation can have a BIG impact on teaching your dog to work sheep or other livestock. Two factors to keep in mind when you train a sheepdog are: keep the action close to you, and round-off any corners or spaces where the sheep might seek… Read more

  • Close work with your dog

    Close work with your dog

    A useful sheepdog needs to be confident when it’s working sheep in yards and buildings. A huge outrun might be a sheepdog’s most impressive skill, but any working dog is likely to spend more time on yard work – penning, pushing, holding and loading sheep – than it is gathering them. The outrun will save… Read more

  • ISDS registered puppies (SOLD)

    ISDS registered puppies (SOLD)

    Border Collie puppies for sale, ideal for sheep or cattle work, and also for competitive agility homes These puppies are reserved. (NB the puppies in these photographs are typical offspring from a previous Maddie/Ezra litter.) The parents of this litter, Maddie and Ezra, are home bred. As such, we expect these puppies will have inherited… Read more

  • Dog won’t go round the sheep (FAQ)

    Dog won’t go round the sheep (FAQ)

    QUESTION. My dog is keen to work sheep but refuses to go around them. How can I get the dog to go round the sheep and bring them to me? ANSWER. Just as a dog which has been taught to go out and bring sheep to the handler or trainer, can find it difficult to… Read more

  • Portia’s training upgrade at Dean Farm

    Portia’s training upgrade at Dean Farm

    Training a sheepdog for working a larger number of sheep Note: In terms of training, the actual number of sheep discussed in this article, is not as important as the step-up in flock size compared to the dog’s previous experience. Increase flock and field sizes slowly. A welcome invitation! Busy schedules have reduced opportunities for… Read more

  • Looking at the Point of Balance

    Looking at the Point of Balance

    Is the point of balance always in the same place? You’ll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o’clock, on the “point of balance”. The theory is that if you imagine the handler is standing at 6 o’clock on a clock face, the dog should be directly opposite the handler – at 12… Read more

  • Improve a bad outrun, by going back to basics (FAQ)

    Improve a bad outrun, by going back to basics (FAQ)

    QUESTION: What is the best way of improving a bad outrun? ANSWER: The most common reason for your dog doing a bad outrun is: you sent it too far, too soon. Read on for more details. Ways of improving a bad outrun There are many opportunities for things to go wrong when you send your… Read more

  • Gathering sheep at Dean Farm today

    Gathering sheep at Dean Farm today

    Portia excelled when she was gathering sheep at Dean Farm today! In the picture above, after returning the sheep to their field, Portia took a dip in a water tank. “Get in the car!” Apart from not wanting to get into the car! (I still have to lift her in). Portia was very impressive when… Read more

  • Featured tutorials – gripping the sheep

    Featured tutorials – gripping the sheep

    Gripping the sheep isn’t necessary for a confident working sheepdog, and can be counter-productive by upsetting the sheep and causing extra stress. Training a dog that grips can feel like a thankless task; it might seem that you take three steps forward in your training session only to start the next session two steps further… Read more

  • The training programme that we recommend

    The training programme that we recommend

    Training tutorials that guide you through a recommended programme of sheepdog training – what to do, and when to do it. The early stages of sheepdog training, especially for a beginner, can seem daunting. There’s so much for the dog to learn, and it can be hard to decide on what to teach first –… Read more