Border Collie web site
Nice of you to Come Bye
Main menu  > Problems  > Herding practice  

Can I prepare my dog for herding in the near future?

Can I already teach my 1 year old Border Collie some commands before he starts working with sheep? I don't have sheep myself, but I would like to start sheep herding soon. If yes, how should I do that?

Of course you can learn your dogs some things already. A very good start in to teach him '(Lie) Down'. With a toy or some food that you move in between his legs towards the ground, you can teach him to go down fast. If that works, and he can stay down for some time, you can continue by letting him walk on carefully from 'down' ('Walk on'). Alternating between lie down and walk on (with treats on unexpected moments) turns this exercise into a fun game.

Furthermore it is important under all circumstances to know the 'here' command. Throw away a ball, and make sure the dog stays down. Tell him to fetch it, and call the dog every now and then, or give him the down command halfway.

Do expect that your dog will be disobedient the first time he is around sheep. All training and exercises will be completely forgotten once he spots those exciting sheep.


Copyright © 1998-2013 Jigal van Hemert & Danielle Boshouwers
URL: http://www.bordercollies.nl/quest/ean012.shtml
This page last modified: Friday, 01-Aug-2008 17:07:11 CEST
 
General
*Main menu
*Nederlands
*Our address
*What's new?
The Border Collie
Our kennel
Litters
Kennelday 2008
Work and sports
Health
Dog names
Problems
*Destroying, yelping
*Fetch metal
*Restless dog
*Biting pup
*Aggression
*Chasing cars
*Biting a pup
*Puberty
*Time enough?
*Smart and failed?
*Herding practice
*BC/Lab cross
*Grooming
*Eating a house
*Jealous of horse
What's new?
Screen saver
Cardshop
Guestbook
Links