Are herding dogs easy to train? And they make excellent pets… they are loyal, attentive, easy to train, friendly and outgoing. But ownership of any dog in the herding group is not for the couch potato lifestyle, as these dogs require a much greater amount of physical and mental stimulation than most other breeds.
What are the commands for herding dogs?
- “Come by ” tells the dog to move clockwise.
- “Away to me” means move counterclockwise around the stock.
- “Lie down” typically means stop and lie down.
- “Walk up” means to walk toward the livestock, whether sheep or cattle.
- “That’ll do” tells the dog work has finished and he must come back to you.
What age should you start herding training? We can test your pup as soon as they have received all of their vaccinations, but many aren’t really ready until five or six months. We think six months is a great age to begin herding lessons. Senior dogs may not have the stamina to herd for very long, but we are happy to let them take plenty of breaks.
How do you control a herding dog? Other methods of controlling instinctive herding involve teaching your dog a different association and behavior with livestock, such as the ‘leave it’ command or an alternative behavior so that a dog exposed to livestock, small animals, or children ignores them, backs away, or performs other behavior to receive