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  • Where did the Border Collie come from?

    Where did the Border Collie come from?

    We’re often asked how and where the Border collie breed was developed. It seems that everyone has a theory, and there’s an undercurrent of dispute as to whether the Welsh collie is/was the Original and Best, or if the collie was developed in the Scottish/English borders. Here are my thoughts on the origins of the… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 1 – How to train a sheepdog

    Sheepdog Training 1 – How to train a sheepdog

    How to train a sheepdog – a beginners’ guide to training a farm dog to herd sheep First uploaded Feb 8th 2003 – revised October 2022 Introduction to our training articles Struggling on our knees in the base of an overgrown hedge one day, Gillian and I had a thought. We realised there needed to… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 2 – Basic requirements

    Sheepdog Training 2 – Basic requirements

    Basic Requirements of Sheepdog Training. Some of the details you should address if you wish to train a sheepdog Safety first! It’s the responsibility of the sheepdog trainer or handler to ensure the safety of the dog, the livestock, and most importantly, any bystanders or assistants in the vicinity. Dogs get very excited when they… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 3 – Why sheepdogs work stock

    Sheepdog Training 3 – Why sheepdogs work stock

    Find out why sheepdogs work stock – tirelessly for hours on end. Many years ago, some neighbours stopped to watch a training session with my first dog, Dot. One of them asked me why Dot would work for so long without some kind of reward. I know little of training other breeds but the greatest… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 4 – The definition of a sheepdog

    Sheepdog Training 4 – The definition of a sheepdog

    At what point does a trainee dog becomes a sheepdog? Some would say a dog becomes a sheepdog when it’s fully trained but we disagree. We believe there’s no such thing as a fully trained sheepdog! Dogs are learning throughout their entire lives and sheepdogs are no exception. Furthermore, who is to say when a… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 5 – A dog is for life

    Sheepdog Training 5 – A dog is for life

    Admirable though the maxim is generally, “A dog is for life” needn’t always apply to sheepdogs” This may seem a bad point to start discussing the negative side of training a sheepdog but it’s worth bearing in mind that dogs are individuals, just as we are. A dog is for life is an excellent maxim,… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 6 – Bond with your dog

    Sheepdog Training 6 – Bond with your dog

    The importance of forming a bond with your dog. A good dog, which is strongly bonded with the handler, will do almost anything it possibly can for its handler. Its number one priority in life is to please. To form this bond isn’t so difficult if you’re kind and consistent whilst leaving your dog in… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 7 – Be firm fair and consistent

    Sheepdog Training 7 – Be firm fair and consistent

    Be FIRM, FAIR and CONSISTENT with your dog. Being consistent is one of the most important factors in successful training but it can go too far. From the dog’s point of view, we should feed them at the same time every day, visit them at the same time and take them out training at the… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 8 – Never punish your dog for coming back

    Sheepdog Training 8 – Never punish your dog for coming back

    NEVER punish your dog for coming back to you. Picture a typical scene. You’re out walking your dog in the local park and he runs off to play with another dog he’s just spotted. You call him back but he’s having a great time and ignores you. You call again – this time much louder… Read more

  • Sheepdog Training 9 – Always welcome your dog back

    Sheepdog Training 9 – Always welcome your dog back

    Make your dog feel welcome when it comes back to you In the early stages of training, make the dog’s return to you worthwhile, even exciting. Use a pleasant tone and a little fuss to show the dog you’re pleased that he’s returned. If the dog doesn’t respond to this, it’s finding being somewhere else… Read more