Are Old English Sheepdogs hard to train?

Are Old English Sheepdogs hard to train?

He is trainable and responds well to a firm owner who is kind and consistent. He gets along well with other dogs and pets. With his shaggy coat, keen mind, and bobbed tail, the OES is a great addition to any family with the time and patience to care for him.

How do you train a sheepdog puppy?


  1. Train pups for 5-10 minutes each day.
  2. Start training on a small batch of quiet sheep.
  3. Use a long line so dogs can be stopped.
  4. Use a “clock face” to keep positions.
  5. Let young dogs build their confidence gradually.
  6. Avoid confrontational situations.

What age do you start training a sheepdog?

The usual age to begin sheepdog training is between 6 and 12 months. We need the puppy to be fast enough to head the sheep, and to be mentally mature enough to cope with the stress of training and close proximity to livestock.

Do sheepdogs bark a lot?

While not thought of as a guarding dog, some Old English sheepdogs can be protective. Their bark is loud and some become nuisance barkers.

Do sheepdogs like water?

Sheepadoodles also by nature should enjoy water and swimming, although some dogs individual personality leads them to dislike water. Sheepadoodles will play hard, but they also love to crash hard.

How hard is it to train a sheepdog?

There are no hard and fast rules of how to train a sheep dog, however most trainers will train the basics in a similar way. Generally used for a right-hand command. Generally used as a left-hand command.

What are the sheepdog commands?

Sheepdog Commands

  • “Away” / “Away to Me” Move around (circle) the sheep in an anti-clockwise direction (unfortunately, in some areas it’s the opposite way)! A is for Away – Anti-clockwise.
  • “Come-Bye”
  • “Get Back” / “Get Out”
  • “In Here”
  • “Lie Down”
  • “Look Back”
  • “Stand”
  • “Take Time”

How much exercise does an Old English Sheepdog puppy need?

two hours exercise
Your Old English Sheepdog will need a minimum of two hours exercise every day. This should be split into several walks with off-lead time in a secure area, spread across the day.

How do you exercise a sheepdog?

Bike Run. As we know, herding dogs like to run. They love, well, herding, and being in open fields is heaven to them. Your Old English Sheepdog, however, may not have access to vast spaces, but you can still give them enough running time and get some much-needed exercise for yourself with Bike Runs!

What is a sheepdog mentality?

Col. Grossman explains that the sheepdog mentality is that we as human beings have survival instincts and survival features of both predators and prey. We as individuals decide whether we will be a wolf (predator), sheep (prey), or a Sheepdog.