livestock safety

Details

Positive control around sheep - a livestock safety course with a difference.

Our objective is for you to be safe members of society, to be able to control your dog in the presence of sheep, for livestock's emotional and physical well-being to be protected.

Some of the things we will cover:

πŸ‘ Sheep and how they communicate - are they scared? Happy? Is your presence frightening them?

πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί Training management behaviors that promote responsible space sharing (sometimes we need to walk on a footpath past sheep, how can we best do this without scaring the sheep and without our dogs losing their minds...)

⚽ How to fulfill dogs drive for chasing in a safe way.

🐢 Important life skills such as recall, loose lead walking, self control etc etc

🌼 Working on relationship goals - how we can develop the best relationship with our dogs so they don't look too the environment for fun - but us.

😴 Learning that sheep are booooooring - Working with real life confident sheep in a safe way to promote the idea that sheep really aren't that interesting.

❌ We will be using positive reinforcement, management and relationship based training - absolutely no use aversives or punishment.

This will be a great opportunity for you to work closely with livestock in a safe way - safe for everyone involved.

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A quote from a previous participant:

β€œWhen we are on walks now it feels like we are together. She regularly comes back to check-in with me

wagging her tail just to say β€˜Hi!’ before she trots off again…….I can’t tell you how happy this makes me!”


Gun Dog folk

(and any other sports where the dog needs to work around livestock safely)

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From time to time we also run workshops specifically on this topic - working around the sheep as a distractionΒ 

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Again these courses are run with safety as our priority and of course the welfare of all involved.

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They are a superb opportunity to develop your dogs skills with confident and controlled sheep in a safe environment - email info@dogsmatter.co.uk if you are interested


"I was very anxious about the workshops but in fact need not have been. You quickly read the needs of the dogs and humans and I found the preparation skills in the barn before sheep introduction were superb and helped me enormously to focus with my boy."