Posted on April 3, 2018 by Admin under Dog Training, Stop dog chasing sheep




Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest (close to East Grinstead in East Sussex) offer practical training days to help teach your dog to stop worrying sheep. These are a very good way to do such training under the guidance and safety of an experienced trainer and under controlled circumstances with sheep, and at a very reasonable price (£26).

Please note that, as with any training, this sort of training needs ongoing consistent training which must be done in a way not detrimental to the welfare of sheep.

Beware of other methods of sheep training with your dog

Please be wary of training days which offer to teach your dog to work sheep.  For pet dogs these can simply encourage a dog to chase and nip at sheep.  Unless you are going to regularly train and compete in sheepdog trials and so ensure you have complete control of your dog this sort of training should be avoided.

The Law

Worrying sheep includes:

  • Attacking livestock.
  • Chasing livestock in such a way as may reasonably be expected to cause injury or suffering to the livestock or, in the case of females, abortion, or loss of or diminution in their produce.
  • Being at large (that is to say not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep.

Also please be aware that all dogs, regardless of their level of training, should never be allowed off-lead near sheep and that a farmer is legally entitled to shoot a dog if he believes he had a ‘lawful excuse’ – for more on this see article by solicitor, Tim Ryan:


Also please see the government legislation on the Act which sets out the law regarding dogs and livestock:


Details of the training days at Ashdown Forest

  1. Tuesday 8th May 2018
  2. Tuesday 15th May 2018

Time:  20-minute training slots.  Throughout the day from 09:20 to 16:00

Location:  Cats Protection, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7TT.

To book please email:  conservators@ashdownforest.org.

We will need name, email address, mobile number, breed and age of your dog.

Price:     £26 per dog.  Please pay on 01342 823583 to secure your booking.

Improving Obedience Training

The Ashdown Forest training, above, is specifically to teach your dog to leave sheep.  However, general training, which is essential to ensure control of your dog in any circumstances, can be done in a variety of environments and Co-operative Canines Dog Training and Behaviour can help you with this.

For general control out of the home I like to teach:

  • Stop your dog at a distance.
  • Recall your dog under any circumstances and distractions.
  • Leave any distraction on command.

For more information on my one-to-one training for your dogs please contact me (see below).

© Sally Bartlett
07752 427804


  1. Dan Ransom says:

    Hi Sally, do you have a slot for our 8 month old pointer / Greek hare hound for sheep socialising ? We live in Lewes so not too far.
    She is endthusiastic and very good natured, would like to have her trained not to chase sheep.

    1. Admin says:

      HI Dan

      I’m so sorry, I have just realised I have several blog replies which I had not seen and yours was 2019. Do hope you have managed to find help for your dog. If you still need help re sheep chasing then please see contacts in this article – I don’t train with the sheep but there is a man who runs the courses and you can contact via Ashdown Conservators.

  2. Janine Bailey says:

    Are you still running sheep proofing your dog classes?

    I would be very interested.

    Many thanks


    1. Admin says:

      Hi Janine

      Thank you for your query. It’s not actually me that runs them but a farmer with his flock of sheep. If you see the article there is a contact number to get in touch with the Ashdown Forest Conservators who should be able to put you in touch with the man who ran these – he used to also do privte training. The sessions were run at the Cats Protection centre at Chelwood Gate so they could also help. I can help with training to improve general control with your dog but of course dogs should never be off lead around sheep but a good level of obedience training also helps. Good luck with your training.

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