Your Border Collie is pasturing the cats, watching the children and your guests at the party. That is his nature and he is very good at doing it. Let your dog be happy doing what he does best and have a good time learning the basics of herding.
Shepherding means moving livestock from one place to another in the most efficient way possible. That’s the definition, but it’s easier said than done. You will have to find an instructor to teach your inexperienced Border Collie.
Most people want to train their Border Collies themselves, that’s fine, but you should find an instructor who teaches you the basics and maintains control over you and your dog’s progress. It is also necessary that you have access to sheep or cattle, so depending on where you live, you may have few options.
The facilities and equipment are important factors to carry out the successful training. Without the proper corrals, fields and sand, it is difficult for a young Border Collie to progress in his training. If the instructor only has a few sheep that know the whole process, once your dog knows the basics you will need a new flock to test the knowledge you acquired.
Before training your Border Collie to herd make sure you have obedience training and respond quickly and consistently to your commands. You can take him to a local obedience coach to show him. You will need the basics: sit down, sit still and come.
You should walk well on a leash and be trustworthy without it. As the Border Collie is smart, you are likely to enjoy this training and show excellent results in a short time.
After both of you have received obedience training, you can start with basic herding training, including the tone of voice, which is very important. To get your dog to move faster you must use a sharp and fast tone.
To reduce the speed you need a lower tone when pronouncing the command. Correct your dog in a low voice with a high-pitched sound and to improve your attention you must speak to him in a whisper.
Some people think that the current tone should be used for other jobs. Your dog also has to learn that “out” means moving the cattle to the left, while “come” or a similar term, if you do not want to confuse your dog, say “come”, it means that move the cattle to the right.
You do not really have to train your Border collie to herding because this is instinctive in the race. You can train him to go to where you are when he is pastoring. Although he is pasturing the cattle, your dog will look at you for signs.
Much research has shown that much of the communication between shepherds and herding dogs occurs through gestures and looks so it is very important that you know perfectly well that all this is going on.
If you are disappointed with your dog look at it and then immediately change your sight to another place.
For example, if your dog stops paying attention put your hands up and then walk away. Most dogs run to approach wanting another opportunity.
Repeat the exercise using a leash if necessary until your dog does well.
Once your dog knows obedience training, voice and movement training, you can use it to herd cattle. You will learn to keep the sheep in a pen, separate them or take one or two specific sheep from the herd, drive the cattle to and from your trainer and drive the cattle through doors and other obstacles.