Frequently asked questions about sheepdog and cattle dog training
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- Afraid of sheep or cattle – what to do if your dog’s afraid of livestock.
- Attacking cattle – find out how to control your dog better when it’s working.
- Barking – find out why the dog barks, and how to stop it.
- Biting sheep’s faces – a fairly easily-fixed confidence problem.
- Calling away from stock – get your dog to come away from sheep or cattle.
- Chasing cars – and anything else that moves.
- Darting at sheep if they move – the dog’s “getting the idea”, but needs guidance!
- Different reactions of sheep near dogs – why sheep respond differently to different dogs.
- Familiarising dogs with sheep – it’s great to get the dog used to sheep, find out how.
- Flank around stock both ways – it’s essential to get the dog working well in both directions.
- Get sheep away from fences – how to get the sheep where the dog can go around them.
- Going too wide around stock – find out how to get your dog to work closer to the stock.
- Good recall – train your dog to come back when you call.
- Help for new trainers.
- Huntaway or Blue Heeler dogs.
- Killing sheep – what to do with a dog which has killed sheep.
- Living in the house – will it ‘spoil’ the dog’s farm work?
- Older dogs – can you teach an old dog new tricks?
- Retirement age for the dog – at what age should we retire our dogs?
- Send the dog from your side – setting the dog up for an outrun.
- Slow the dog down – learn to work the dog quietly, and keep it calm.
- Stopping sheep going into pen – why the dog does this, and how to stop it.
- Stop shouting at the dog – learn to work the dog quietly, and keep it calm.
- Speed the dog up – if the dog works too slowly, here’s how to speed it up!
- Splitting sheep – how to encourage the dog to keep the sheep together.
- Tail position – how the dog carries its tail as it works, tells us a lot.
- Will the dog work sheep? Signs to look for, and how to encourage the dog.
- Working without commands – such as at the top of the outrun.
- Work a flock of sheep – moving on to work big bunches of sheep.
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