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Practical Shepherding provides comprehensive guidance on selecting and training a sheepdog for farm work and sheepdog trials. Nij demonstrates many techniques and methods which have proven so successful in building strong foundations and trust with his dogs.

There are clear diagrams, guidance notes and tips to make it easy to follow and apply the methods. There is also an accompanying booklet providing further notes and clarification of the points contained in each chapter. It is ideal for both newcomers training their first dogs and experienced handlers who are experiencing problems.

The chapters follow Todd and Mist over 18 months; from birth, their first time with sheep, and culminating in working on a sixty-acre park with a large flock. Whilst Mist lacks confidence early on, Todd is more feisty and challenging. The subject of gripping sheep, amongst many others, is discussed at length. There is something here for everyone.

Training a sheepdog is like any sport, there are many highs and lows. There is a need for commitment, self-belief and belief in the young pup. Above all, the handler must have confidence and calmness and retain hope when there appears to be none. Training a dog is about trusting the eye, being prepared to move and, when the time is right, offering guidance and support. Above all, there must be a celebration of success and a willingness to remember that it is natural for young pups to make mistakes.

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