An introduction to training the all-round livestock and farm dog.
This DVD is probably unique! And invaluable if you’re training a farm dog. It shows you how to start working your border collie on a variety of livestock – cattle, sheep and ducks.
Well received by the sheepdog press when it was first released, Martin Penfold’s training DVD has continued to inspire, inform and reassure trainers and handlers worldwide, ever since. It was highly rated by The Ranch Dog Trainer magazine for both its quality and content, and Bruce Fogt, of the Working Border Collie magazine, considered it among the best videos “ever produced on raising and starting a Border Collie.”
There’s much good sense and insight packed into 90 entertaining minutes, and the training methods are dog-friendly and easily understood.
“Starting your Border Collie” doesn’t just cover training a farm dog, it also includes assessing your dog for livestock, as well as explaining the best housing for your dog, general care and obedience.
There’s a slightly different approach needed to work with cattle, sheep or poultry, but we’re still working with the dog’s natural instinct. This DVD demonstrates how to harness and nurture that precious hunting instinct to develop a practical, adaptable, working relationship with your dog.
“Starting your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks” covers a range of training options, illustrated by five young dogs.
Glen is started during the summer, on three steers. Jill is started in the fall on five ducks, for just one week, and then moves onto working dry cows during the winter months. Spot starts on sheep and stays on sheep, while Moss starts on sheep and then is put onto cows.
Finally, Tess is started on dry cows in the winter and then onto three steers in the summer. You will follow each of these dogs through their progress.
However, before any of these pups start training, you are led through a simple approach to keeping your pup out of trouble, and rearing it correctly to its working age. The importance of this early training should never be under-estimated.
Animated graphics used throughout this video will help the viewer to understand the process.
This is an invaluable DVD for anyone who needs a useful, all-round farm dog. Also see First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training for getting started with sheep.