Teach your sheepdog to stop (or wait, or lie down)

A sheepdog at the stop position. Train your sheepdog to stop

Train your sheepdog to stop – three tutorial videos about stopping your dog on command.

Find out why the dog won’t stop.

The video tutorials Stopping the Dog – Parts One, Two & Three take a detailed look at the problems surrounding the stop (or stand, wait, lie down, or whichever command you use). They explain why your dog doesn’t want to stop, as well as what you can do to make it more likely that the dog will obey your stop command when you give it.

Know when you can stop your dog

We also look at situations that occur, or that you can create, where the dog is most likely to obey you (for example, when the dog is “on balance“). And, when all else fails, how to catch your dog and why the secret of a good stop is to let it go again.

With further training, Jet will make an excellent sheep or cattle dog - train your sheepdog to stop

As a sheep dog handler you naturally want to train your sheepdog to stop on command. A dog that will “stay put” is a real bonus, while advanced training is almost impossible without a reliable stop. But with a keen youngster is it possible to achieve that elusive “good stop” without undermining the dog’s confidence? Our three tutorial videos offer valuable insights into how to teach the stop, while avoiding the pitfalls.

As with so many problems that arise as the dog makes progress, the answer lies in a good foundation and not skimping on the early exercises. Secure a good stop when the sheepdog is working closely to you. Then you can gradually increase the distance between yourself, the dog and the stock. As ever, if it starts to go horribly wrong, it’s Back to Basics.

Videos to help you stop your dog

Watch Stopping the Dog – Parts One, Two & Three in conjunction with How Can I Slow the Dog Down? a video which looks at ways to achieve that invaluable steady and consistent working pace. These videos can be found in the tutorials library. Use the A-Z list of tutorial videos to find the one you want quickly.

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