Masterclass Sheepdog Training Video

How to teach “Sit down” (lie down)



First step in teaching “sit down” away from sheep

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Overview: In this video, I discuss and demonstrate one method of how to teach our pup to “sit down” (lie down) to command, AWAY from sheep (dry). (For teaching this ON sheep, see the episode “Introducing Sit Down”.)

Getting a great “sit down” (lie down) is one of the most important things we can do to help us train our sheepdogs (or cattle dogs) quickly and to a high standard. It allows us to prevent bad habits (something about to go wrong?! “Sit down!”) and also to establish good ones.

One key to good sheepdog training is to always train in a “controllable situation”. This starts with a smaller yard, quiet sheep etc., and then moves on from there. A good “sit down” gives us a controllable situation in bigger areas much sooner, and so allows our training to progress a lot faster.

In this episode, I demonstrate this with an older 11 month old pup in order to show the training when it is more difficult, so that you can get an idea of teaching it at its (almost) hardest.

Running time: 14 minutes

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