planning to start herding lessons

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  1. ajaxlucy

    ajaxlucy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Does anyone have advice about how to get ready to start herding lessons? Both I and my young (10-11 months) English Shepherd are completely new to it all, but I found a trainer not too far away. Right now I can take Lizzie out with me to the sheep, and she'll leave them alone (with a reminder). She knows sit and down and stay and has a pretty good recall. I've read that I should teach her a "get out" command, but I'm not sure how to do that. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks, Phyllis
     
  2. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dogs do not generalize, so they don't understand that "sit" in the yard means "sit" at the west end of the pasture. Get your dog out as much as you can to new places. Work him on all of the commands he knows in the park, fields, in town, parking lots, other people's homes, etc.

    He should sit or down from a distance. He should come to you with a whistle.
     

  3. Looking4ewes

    Looking4ewes Well-Known Member

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    My post from a couple days ago:


    Discussing HOW to train a sheepdog over the interent is almost impossible, but here is a couple of resources that may be of interest to you:

    www.liitlehats.net
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sheepdog-L/
    http://www.kensmuir.com/forum/
    http://bordercollie.heatherweb.com/.../ultimatebb.cgi - "Ask the expert" column is the most useful aspect of this site

    This site offers many, many books and videos about training sheepdogs:
    http://www.bordercollies.com/

    One of my favorite videos available from this site or directly from www.ruralroutevideos.com, is "Starting Border Collies on Cattle, Sheep, or Ducks". I also recommend the 3 video/DVD series by Derek Scrimgeour.

    Of most importance in training a sheepdog would be to find a trainer in your area to work with you and the dog. Another option would be to send the dog out for training, usually 3 months to start, 6 months for more advanced work. Many people find that purchasing an older trained dog essential to help with their learning of how to handle a sheepdog while the youngster gets trained.

    Good luck to you and your dog.
     
  4. ajaxlucy

    ajaxlucy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thank you both. I hope I can learn enough to do the dog justice. I'm sure that I'm going to be the one that holds us back.