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  • Actors: Andy Nickless
  • Directors: Andy Nickless
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Andy Nickless Media Productions
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DW1W6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

FROM CHAOS TO CONTROL! This is unlike any Sheepdog Training DVD you've seen before. Whether you're a hobbyist, aspiring sheepdog trialler, farmer or intermediate handler, this down-to-earth, lively and often humorous new DVD clearly explains the natural instinct of the Border Collie Sheepdog and how (with patience and determination) it can easily be programmed to develop a fantastic workmate. Pro sheepdog trainer Andy Nickless demonstrates sheepdog training as it really is, right from the very beginning. You'll see things going wrong and then be shown how to put them right in a way that both dog and handler can understand. Before you start to train a sheepdog, it's important to understand what's likely to happen. On disc 1 Andy describes the characteristics and instincts of the sheepdog and the sheep, how you can prepare a suitable training area and indeed, how to prepare yourself for the task in hand. There's also a separate chapter on the sheepdog whistle and how to blow it. Andy gives clear and precise demonstrations of how to get the best out of your whistle. The three main difficulties you may encounter when starting off a young dog are: Lack of control (the dog appears to just run amok). Staring at the Sheep. (The dog just stares at the sheep and won't move). Ignoring Sheep (the dog which ignores the sheep and doesn't want to work them). Dogs showing each of these characteristics are used in turn to show you what the problem is, and how you can easily correct it. Other problems, such as the dog which will only circle one way around the sheep, are covered along the way. Andy also demonstrates his "Slingshot" method of sending the dog out wider around the sheep. The dogs love this method and quickly learn to go out wide. Gradually, each dog becomes more controllable until at the end of the programme, all three dogs are really useful workers and ready to go to work, or on to more advanced training if required.

About the Actor

Andy Nickless is a pro videographer and sheepdog trainer with a wealth of experience in his subjects. He has been successful in sheepdog trials and currently trains sheepdogs for farm and sheepdog trial use.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dudley on 18 Feb. 2009
First Steps In Border Collie Sheepdog Training

For a novice or first timer this is an excellent set of DVDs. Clear and concise with good filming and first class explanation delivered in a simple and easily understood format. Nothing hidden and problems that we all see are addressed and help provided. First class!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daz & Di on 5 Jun. 2009
An excellent DVD for the first-timer or novice in getting the best out of training working sheepdogs. Even for those who won't put their dogs to sheep, it's a great insight into how it all works if ever you watch sheepdogs in action. The DVD is not-over-technical, fun and easy to understand in a way that first timers will find a great asset...just wish the sheep were included!!

Also enjoyed the trailer - "Border Collies Off Duty" - looks like an excellent compilation of Border Collies in their elements.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G.A.L. on 15 Jan. 2010
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Format, content and flow are beautifully done. In addition to the learning value that is conveyed, it is a true pleasure to watch the trainer, dogs, sheep and country side all interact as it should. It was asthetically pleasing to watch, the content was exciting and a great deal of knowledge/technique is shared. All very practical. Andy gives excellent examples of approach of when things don't go so well and he also provides a broad diversity within the dogs with their unique personalities and demonstrating how you adjust the training to the dog. This is where the real teaching/learning begins.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Eveleigh on 8 Jan. 2011
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This is an excellent DVD packed full of detailed advice and good quality filming. Andy Nickless is honest enough to show what happens when things don't go according to plan, which is especially useful as you learn much more from that than when everything looks effortless. Every step in training is explained in great detail, without being patronising in any way. This is an interesting DVD to watch if you just like dogs, and it is a tremendous asset if you're trying to train your own Collie to become a sheepdog. Worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dairydan on 1 Jan. 2012
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I have never reveiwed anything before but i had to on this one, i have trained a dog to work cattle and found it hard work and when i read Andy's reason of why he made this dvd i.e(Struggling on our hands and knees in the base of a hedge one day), i thought it was just me that couldn't follow the manuals, so i got it straight away and if i was to sum it up in one sentence it would be; Well laid out step by step guide and detailed plan on how you can set up your dog to suceed. Starting with the handler, setting up the training ground, type of sheep, etc., three different types of dogs (styles) and how to bring the best out of them. excellent dvds for livestock farmers or potential trial handlers that will help make training more stuctured with a better outcome, and lastly it's fun to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aspasia Theodosiou on 1 Oct. 2013
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I knew nothing of sheepdog training or herding or generally the use of a sheepdogs. I only heard of it at the age of 32 by a colleague who herself has always 3 (border collie) dogs that she trains with and has had several participations in big herding/tracking/obedience trials with quite some prizes as well. In addition, she is also a breeder and as a big dog lover i got to meet several of her pups/litters. I was lucky enough to get bits and pieces about general dog training from her (who i consider an excellent dog owner btw) which i also applied on my previous dogs. I was never really interested in the breed until i saw one of her dogs that she got back at the age of 2 from an unhappy buyer. I fell in love with the dog and my first aim was to train agility with her. But i could also see that the dog comes from a very good line of herding BC and since i wanted to respect its nature i started training in herding. The breeder helped/helps me a lot but i must admit that after having watched the DVD i understood a WHOLE LOT more about the nature of dogs, the needs of a border collie, the way their mind works and how to approach them. I like the fact that the first DVD handles the most elementary issues such as the use of the whistle or how to build your own training area as well as presenting the dogs that Andy Nickless works with, their three different characters and their different "faults" and how he tackles them in order to make all three of them good working dogs. As a chemist, and thus a nerd, i also like the fact that he presents everything in detail, and the fact that he doesn't use another already trained dog to train the new ones.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Mowbray on 17 April 2013
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A brilliantly presented and easy to watch training DVD. Not often does someone show you the good, bad and the ugly but Andy does. It helps put you at ease knowing that even the pro's get it wrong so to speak. In comparision to other training DVD's this isn't monotonous with only footage of a handler working a dog and then a voice over after. Andy gives a great commentary all the time so you can understand what you are seeing and then they play it back in slow motion too. There's no doubt that this is a must have purchase for any first-time-would-be sheepdog trainer as you can see how to and how not to do it. Absolutely brilliant. Just one complaint....where's the 'Second Steps'....?
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