I would work him on something that herds a little closer and isn't as excitable/able to fly to start. Indian Runner ducks are a good way to start since they are not flyers and will stick together usually. Using the broom/rake/pole to push him back or to different sides is a common method of starting herding. Start in a small pen so you can keep control and use a long leash. It helps to have a second person as well. Next, introduce him to herding commands so you can have him back off and move where he needs to be. When starting you want to keep him opposite of yourself with the livestock between you. If he is "wearing" (running back and forth behind the stock) that is a sign of a good herding dog. There is a ton of info on the net. Check out little hats on search.
used as a stop command to drop the dog on a prone position. This may be replaced later
in training by "there", "stand" "stand, stay" or "stay" to have the dog stop on his feet in
a standing position.
tells the dog not to move from its stopped position until a counter-command is given.
used to move the dog straight towards the stock. Other terms which may be used are:
"Walk in" and "Go in".
used to tell the dog to approach the stock or move around the stock more slowly.
Other terms which are used for this: "steady", "take time" or "time".
used to direct the dog to swing in a clockwise direction around the stock. The term "Go
bye" is also used for this action. This clockwise movement is also referred to as being
"off the left hand" of the handler (Holland, p.23)
"Away To Me:
used to direct the dog in a counter-clockwise direction around the stock. The term
"Way to Me" is also used. This counter-clockwise movement is also referred to as being
"off the right hand" of the handler (Holland, p.23).
If the stock has split and the handler wants the dog to go farther from the handler to
gather stock the dog may not see.
used to remind the dog to stay the proper distance away from the stock.
used if the dog is very close to the stock, splitting stock, diving to pull wool...
This command is considered a reprimand.
This is the last command and can be considered as "Good job, old boy; now come here
and we'll go to the house and get a treat for you". It should be an absolute call off.
(Witte, 1991, p.38)
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