DVD – First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training

"One of the best sheepdog training DVDs available"!

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At last! A sheepdog training DVD that's specially for beginners who want to train their very first sheepdog - and who don't have the advantage of an already trained sheepdog to assist them. This programme was specifically designed for beginners and will give you more information on training a sheepdog than any other DVD currently available

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Unlike any other herding sheepdog training programme you've ever seen before, "First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training" really does guide you through the difficult early stages of training, even if you're a complete beginner.

Professionally recorded and presented in a clear, easy to understand manner by sheepdog trainer Andy Nickless, from Worcestershire, England, this 2xDVD set demonstrates not only how to approach sheepdog training, but what to do when things go wrong (as they will for even the best sheepdog trainers).

  • How and where to start training a sheepdog.
  • Sheepdog training as it REALLY IS - you'll see things going wrong, as well as right.

It's the first training herding and sheepdog training video to explain simple but vitally important factors such as dog and sheep behaviour, as well as how you can set up the ideal training area to make training as simple and convenient as possible.

Whether you're a hobby sheep keeper, smallholder, aspiring sheepdog trialler or farmer, this unique down-to-earth double-DVD clearly explains the natural instinct of the Border Collie Sheepdog and how (with patience, determination and simple preparation) it can easily be developed into a really useful working dog.

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8 Replies to “DVD – First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training”

  1. I had tried to purchase the DVD “first steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training” from 5mBooks, but the only format available was PAL. I live in the United States and my DVD player requires NTSC format.

    Do you sell this DVD in NTSC format?

    1. Hi Don,

      Yes, we have NTSC and PAL format. We automatically post the format for the destination country unless we’re asked otherwise.

      Hope that helps,


  2. I am very interested to know roughly how long it takes to train a sheep dog. Would they need training on a daily basis and what would be the best age of the dog to begin training.

    1. That’s a truly difficult question to answer, Ellie. I’ve started pups on sheep at eleven weeks, and I know of dogs that have won sheepdog trials before they were a year old, but I’ve also had dogs of nearly twelve months of age which were not really ready to start training.
      If I had to give you an answer, I think around nine months is the average age for starting a dog on sheep, but it really depends on so many things including the dog, the sheep, and the handler’s training skill.
      The same goes for how long it takes to train a sheepdog. I’ve had dogs which only took eight or nine lessons to become useful sheepdogs, and I’ve had others which take many, many more.
      There’s a very good example of this on our sheep and cattle dog training tutorials. Bronwen and Scylla are litter-sisters, but there the similarity ends. In her very first lesson, Bronwen was able to control the sheep, take them down the field, and get them into a training area. She’s now an accomplished and very useful sheepdog.
      After something like twenty lessons, Scylla still cannot be relied upon to control sheep in the open field – but she’s improving (slowly) and could even end up being the better of the two dogs.
      I’m sorry I can’t be more specific, but this is how it is with training dogs on sheep and cattle.

    1. We don’t have a distributor in Holland, Ed, but if you buy the DVD from us, you can pay in Euros:

      Alternatively, if you really don’t want to buy from our website, you can buy it on eBay or Amazon (UK).
      Best wishes, Andy

  3. Hi,
    do I find the content of “First steps in B.C. sheepdog training” also in your online training videos?

    1. Hello Frank. Most of the issues raised in First Steps are revisited in greater depth in the online tutorials (or the tutorials DVDs). However, the online tutorials don’t (as yet) explain the very early basics that First Steps covers, such as explaining a little about sheep and sheep behaviour; choosing the sheep to train with; choosing a dog; and making the best of the training area you have available. First Steps also explains how and why dogs work the way they do, and it was produced specifically for anyone who wants to train a dog but has little or no previous experience with sheep or sheepdogs.
      I hope that helps? Thanks for the question. Gill

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