Shetland Sheepdog Training
You owe proper training to your Shetland Sheepdog. The right and privilege of being trained is his birthright; and whether your Shetland Sheepdog is going to be a handsome, well-mannered house dog and companion, show dog, or whatever possible use he may be put to, the basic training is always the same.
All must start with basic obedience, or what might be called “manner training.”
Your Shetland Sheepdog must come instantly when called and obey the “sit” or “down” command just as fast. He must walk quietly at”heel”, whether on or off lead. He must be mannerly and polite wherever he goes. He must be polite to strangers on the street and in stores. He must be mannerly in the presence of other dogs.
He must not bark at children on roller skates, motorcycles, or other domestic animals. He must be restrained from chasing chats. It is not a dog’s inalienable right to chase cats, and he must be reprimanded for it.
How do you go about this training? Well, it’s a very simple procedure, pretty well standardized by now. First, if you can afford the extra expense, you may send your Shetland Sheepdog to a professional training, where in 30 to 60 days he will learn how to be a “good dog.” If you enlist the services of a good professional trainer, follow his advice of when to come see the dog.
No, he won’t forget you, but too frequent visits at the wrong time may slow down his training progress. And using a “pro” trainer means that you will have to go for some training too, after the trainer feels your Shetland Sheepdog is ready to go home.
You will have to learn how your Shetland Sheepdog works, just what to expect of him and how to use what the dog has learned after he is home.
Obedience Training Class
Another way to train your Shetland Sheepdog (many experienced Shetland Sheepdog people think this is the best) is join an obedience training class right in your own community. There is such a group in nearly every community nowadays. Here you will be working with a group of people who are also just starting out.
You will actually be training your own dog, since all the work is done under the direction of a head trainer who will make suggestions to you and also tell you and also tell you when and how to correct your Shetland Sheepdog’s errors. Then, too, working with such a group, your Shetland Sheepdog will learn to get along with other dogs.
More importantly, he will learn to do exactly what he is told to do, no matter how much confusion there is around him or how great the temptation is to go his own way.
You can also find direction online. I will leave a link at the bottom of this page to a good source for online learning to train your Shetland Sheepdog at a cheaper, and relaxed pace. You must be prepare to learn and execute what you learn online, so that your dog will be as well-trained as if he saw a professional trainer.
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Guide To Owning a Shetland Sheepdog by Scott Credido