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.