NewTutorial: Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

Sheepdog trainer Andy Nickless introduces Kelpie training

The Sheepdog – Selection and Preparation

We start 2016 with a tutorial dedicated to two topics about which we receive the most emails – choosing a working puppy, and what to do with it before you start training for cattle and sheep.

Seven border collie sheepdogs ready for action!

So many handlers seem to find those early months very stressful; anxious to raise the dog in a way that will spark and preserve the all-important working instinct, but balancing that with the entirely natural desire to have a well behaved playmate and companion.

We’ve taken the opportunity of this dog-centered tutorial to begin a long-planned revamp of First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD, to reflect what we’ve learned in the meantime. Anyone who’s watched First Steps will see some big changes as we incorporate new ideas and improved footage, while keeping what we think are the best bits.

Thanks to the subscribers (and non-subscribers) whose concerns have prompted this tutorial – we hope it answers your questions.

Our other new project for 2016 is a welcome addition to the yard and to the training tutorials. Watch this space for the arrival of a Kings Green Kelpie (or two)!


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