What age do you start training a sheepdog?

The usual age to begin sheepdog training is between 6 and 12 months. We need the puppy to be fast enough to head the sheep, and to be mentally mature enough to cope with the stress of training and close proximity to livestock.

How do you train a dog to be a sheepdog?


  1. Train pups for 5-10 minutes each day.
  2. Start training on a small batch of quiet sheep.
  3. Use a long line so dogs can be stopped.
  4. Use a “clock face” to keep positions.
  5. Let young dogs build their confidence gradually.
  6. Avoid confrontational situations.

How much does a trained sheepdog cost UK?

Police forces will pay around £3,000 for a good-quality untrained German shepherd puppy. You should expect to pay around £3,500 for a trained cocker spaniel. The record price for a sheepdog is £19,451. A good guard dog, fully trained, could costs as much as £40,000.

Do Sheepdogs have to be trained?

They retain their herding instincts and may sometimes nip at people’s heels or bump them in an effort to ‘herd’ their family, and may need to be trained not to do so. Their activity level and intelligence makes them excellent canine athletes.

Is it hard to train a sheepdog?

It can seem very difficult to get involved, and it appears to be much easier if you have countryside contacts. However there are a growing number of sheepdog trainers making themselves available. There are no hard and fast rules of how to train a sheep dog, however most trainers will train the basics in a similar way.

What are the sheepdog commands?

Sheepdog Commands

  • “Away” / “Away to Me” Move around (circle) the sheep in an anti-clockwise direction (unfortunately, in some areas it’s the opposite way)! A is for Away – Anti-clockwise.
  • “Come-Bye”
  • “Get Back” / “Get Out”
  • “In Here”
  • “Lie Down”
  • “Look Back”
  • “Stand”
  • “Take Time”

How much does a trained puppy cost?

The cost of board-and-train programs can range from $90-$200 a day, while the going rate for private trainers can range from $175 per hour all the way up to $400, depending on the local market.

Can you buy a trained puppy?

Adopting a trained dog will save you money and time. Trained dogs tend to be a bit older, but they can found in many places locally and online. Shelters are full of dogs that have at least some previous training.

Are sheepdogs hard to train?

Training and proper socialization is essential for Old English Sheepdogs. They are large, bouncy and enthusiastic, but when they are young they can be especially rowdy. Patient, consistent training is must.

How do you train a sheepdog to lay down?

If the dog’s hard to catch, use the long lead so that you can tread on one end as the dog goes round and round. As you tread on the lead, call ‘lie down’ or ‘stand’ fairly hard. When the dog stops, repeat the command in a softer and softer voice.

How do I know if my dog is herding me?

Pacing, spinning, and circling are all normal behaviors if your herding dog is under exercised, and sometimes, even when he is adequately exercised. These dogs have the desire and the endurance to work all day. You must exercise them mentally with training and physically with activity – everyday.