Polish Lowland Sheepdog


"From breeding to training...what you need to know"

Obedience and Herding


There are many activities in which the  Polish Lowland Sheepdog. sometimes referred to as PONS excels. Two of the most important are obedience and herding.  


Levels of Obedience--novice, open, utility. This is open.


Why do obedience?   The American Kennel Club on their

website states the following reasons :


 1.  "Help correct nuisance behaviors such as jumping on

      people,digging, barking, and chewing, while providing

      mental and physical activities for your dog"

2.  Deepen the bond between you and your dog,and to increase

     the  enjoyment, companionship and satisfaction of your

     relationship with your dog

3.  Ensure your dog's safety and happiness

4.  Nurture good canine companionship for the benefit of your

     family,neighborhood and community

5.  Allow you to enjoy the fun and excitement of competing in

     AKC obedience, tracking, and agility trials, among other

     activities.  You and your dog can earn certificates and

     titles while you continue to strengthen your communication

     and teamwork."


It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  by most PON breeders that at a minimum you attend a puppy class. It will definitely strengthen the bond between you and your puppy and will help establish you as the leader.  You probably can find out where they are held from your local AKC club, the library, the local humane society, or even newspapers. PONS require a great deal of socialization and this is one of the best ways to get them off to a great start! 


SO WHAT IS A PUPPY CLASS?  AKC says "It is a developmental training course for the 3-5 month old puppy.  A puppy class emphasize socialization with people and other puppies.  Instructors usually offer information on growth, nutrition, grooming, housebreaking, and problem-solving and teach basic household commands. "


A BASIC CLASS is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by most PON breeders.  WHAT IS IT?  It is "A basic training course for dogs 5-6 months old and older, aimed at training you to train your dog.  The basic class emphasizes the essential training commands needed to make a dog a good companion; heel on a loose leash, sit, stand, down, stay in position, and come when called.  Instructors also usually provide information on nutrition, grooming, and problem solving." It is the perfect class for your PONS following puppy class.


If you enjoy building a one-on-one relationship with your PON you might want to take additional classes or even go on to compete.  To learn more about this and the other options visit


AKC Obedience Website 












The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a natural herder.  There are still about 80% of them that have a natural ability.  Put them into a ring with geese or sheep and all of a sudden they just know what to do.  To keep this natural ability we have been told it is important to continue using them in some form of herding capacity.  Perhaps this is an area you would like to further explore.


Whether interested in herding tests or trials, you will soon find yourself involved in herding.  The PON wants to herd.  PON breeders will tell you they herd everything: you, your family and kids, other animals, their toys, etc. It will often become obvious when a young puppy begins to nip at your heels or tries to force you and another person to walk closer together.  It is so natural for so many of them.  


There is a fairly large group of people who have taken a real interest in the PON and herding and you could become one of them.   AKC states,"The purpose of noncompetitive herding tests is to offer herding breed owners a standardized gauge by which a dog's basic instinct and trainability  are measured.


The purpose of the competitive herding trial program is to preserve and develop the herding skills inherent in the herding breeds and to demonstrate that they can perform the useful functions for which they were originally bred.  Although herding trials are artificial similations of pastoral or farm situations, they are standardized test to measure and develop the characteristics of the herding breeds."


There is more than one styles of herding and each PON may show his own unique style.Find a test or trial and you just might get hooked. If this is  an interest you have and you would like to help preserve the Polish Lowland Sheepdogs' natural ability, the click following for more information:


AKC Herding Site

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Lynette Millville of Nutmeg

Farm for

several years offered herding instinct testing for Volkker Klocke.  Many PON owners attended these clinics.


Now Lynette

 will be writing

 a series of articles about herding for

the American Polish Lowland

Sheepdog Association in their

 newsletter ,

the PON


Training is

also offered

by Lynette. 

 To ccontact

her directly