Sheepdog training - The Natural Way Foundation

Introduction to The Natural Way (using the dog's own language) taught via (1) individual teaching and feedback (in a group context) on 5 3-hour long Zoom classes); (2) extensive masterclass videos; (3) learning page.


Natural Way Sheepdog Training, Heriot (Online)

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Course content • The working dog • Natural Way: understanding sheep and dogs (stock sense; how the dogs work sheep; why stopping the dog all the time fights the dog’s instincts to control stock) • Natural Way: language and communications • Natural Way: principles of pressure release Theory foundations: • Communications • Balance • The block • Pressure-release • Creating movement • Ask Tell Insist • Using a round pen • Working on the fenceline • The stop • Invisible line • Developing the outrun • General advice on started/young dogs • Challenges of Novice dog and Novice handler • Movement of stock

About Natural Way Sheepdog Training

Julie Hill has 40 years experience of she[herding and farming on a range of challenging terrain from sea braes to cliffs, mountains and moors. She is best-known for being the only woman to date who has won the International Supreme singles with her dog Moss and Reserve Champion on another occasion with Tess. She has also twice won the International Supreme Doubles/Brace (two dogs) with Mac and Ban as well as winning the Scottish National singles twice and the Scottish National Brace five times. She also won Champion of Champions and was runner-up in One Man And His Dog. Thus, she has proved the success of her own handling method. Julie has gone on refining and developing her handling method ‘The Natural Way’ which she argues helps retain the brain and natural instincts of the working dog as an effective method for stock-handling founded on three-way communication between handler, dog and sheep. Julie’s ethos has always been that her dogs first and foremost have to be capable of working to a high standard on the hill. With 40 years’ experience Julie’s passion for the working dog is centred on the preservation of the natural instinct, brains and ability of an animal that can think for itself at great distance, thus keeping the tradition and heritage of the working dog alive for future generations. Julie has extensive teaching experience in the UK, North and South America, Scandinavia and Europe.

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Course is delivered online.




  • Lots of Hands On
  • Some Reading & Writing
  • Lots of Watching
  • Lots of Listening
  • Some Socialising

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