Sheepdog Level 2 (LEVEL 1 REQUIRED)
Please note that you must have attended a Sheepdog Level 1 to be eligible for Sheepdog Level 2. Haven’t been to a Level 1, you’re in luck because our Austin courses will start with a Level 1 course, followed by this Level 2 course! You are welcomed to attend both.
“Sheepdogs never stop training. Our job is to crush our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. We dedicate our lives to being the best, to saving lives, and to being the hardest person anyone ever tries to kill.” — Dennis Jones, Director of Training
Take your handgun and combatives skills to the next level with the much anticipated new Sheepdog Level Two course.
In Sheepdog Level One, you learned pistol and grappling fundamentals, situation awareness and an introduction to tactical medicine. You built the foundation for being a warrior and an asset to your family and community.
Now, the time has come to step outside your comfort zone once again and push yourself to an entirely new, and challenging, level.
About Sheepdog Level Two
Our top-tier instructors have once again brought their real-world military and law enforcement experience to this advanced curriculum that is the next logical evolution to your skill set in a challenging three-day course.
You will learn advanced skills combatives and weapons skills that will not only solidify the lessons learned from Level One but push you to your limits…and beyond.
- Offensive & Defensive Striking
- Advanced Grappling
- Fighting Off the Wall
- Weapons Retention Against a Dedicated Opponent
- Advanced Pistol Marksmanship & Tactics
- Non-Standard Shooting Positions, Static and Moving
- Advanced Situational Awareness and Counter-Surveillance
What You’ll Learn
Gym: Your morning starts with a review of Level One grappling and a skills assessment. We then introduce street and combat effective striking, including tactics on closing the distance with your opponent, and “fun” pummeling exercises.
Range: The afternoon is spent exploring advanced situation awareness taught by a seasoned counter-intelligence agent. You will learn in-depth situation awareness including site surveys, trip preparation, and surveillance detection — all culminating in an advanced field exercise.
You will also learn pistol low-light engagement techniques and tactics.
Range: The second morning begins with a review and assessment of your Level One pistol fundamentals. We add pressure and time constraints to test your abilities to perform basic marksmanship and pistol manipulation skills on-demand. The class is then divided by skill level to ensure each student is getting the maximum benefit from the course.
Gym: You learned grappling fundamentals in Level One, and now we add striking to your tools. You will learn basic strikes, striking variables, as well as striking defense. We will test your fitness in a striking gauntlet and learn how to use striking to set up the clinch as well as driving to, and fighting off, a wall.
Range: Day three introduces non-traditional shooting positions including fighting from the ground, kneeling, and during the transition. You will also learn how to effectively use cover and the basics of fighting in and around vehicles.
Gym: After a brief technique review and striking gauntlet exercise, you will continue to advance your skills on fighting off the wall. The day culminates with a realistic wall fight, including weapon retention, against a dedicated opponent.
Question: I have never shot a gun or trained, can I still come?
Answer: No, you must attend a Sheepdog Level 1 course first. Experience will not change this requirement.
Question: My physical fitness is lacking, will I be able to complete the course, or should I get in shape first?
Answer: Our goal is to assess your physical capabilities and work with you on the best ways to improve. Our expert instructors will ensure that as long as you have strong willpower to continue, you will be able to finish the course. Bottom line: We want to make you the most lethal version of yourself that you can be.
Question: I don’t own a firearm, how can I complete the course without a weapon?
Answer: Most of the ranges may be able to rent you a firearm. Sheepdog Response also has a very limited supply of rentals. Rental costs are apprx. $100.
Question: How much ammo will I need to bring?
Answer: 500 – 600 rounds is what you’ll need for this course. You may be able to buy ammo in advance from the range.
Question: When will I receive a detailed itinerary for this course.
Answer: Once you sign up for your course, you will be emailed a detailed itinerary.
Question: Do you have a packing list?
Answer: Please see the packing list tab. You will also be emailed a packing list once you sign up.
Question: I’m an executive and own a business, can I hire Sheepdog Response for a team building event?
Answer: Yes, we can specifically create a program for your organization that can last between 1 -3 day, or even longer. It will focus on teamwork, business cohesion, and operating under stress.
Question: How old do I need to be for this course?
Answer: 18 years old is the minimum. Please note that some ranges may require you to be 21. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information on a specific event.
Question: I can’t afford the course, how can I still come?
Answer: We schedule our courses in advance, and we will occasionally take down payments and create a payment plan, as long as you pay off the total before the start of the course. *Disclaimer: All payments are non-refundable.
Question: I’m a 3-Gun competitor or professional shooter, can I do the Occupational course instead of Sheepdog Level 1 or 2?
Answer: No, unless you carry a firearm occupationally you cannot attend the Occupational Level 1 course. Applications will be review by our board of instructors on a case-by-case basis.
*If you have any further questions, please email us or call 512-993-2999. email@example.com
- 2 pairs of durable pants and 2 comfortable shirts for shooting courses
- 2 pairs of shorts and 2 shirts/rash guards you can train combatives in
- Rain Jacket- the event will go forward regardless of weather
- Baseball cap or other hat with brim
- (optional) Ear Guards for grappling
- Bright flashlight
- (Optional) Knife that you typically carry
Food / Water
- Our lunch breaks will be short, so you might want to bring “sack lunches” or something
That you can carry with you for Saturday and Sunday that does not require any preparation
- Bring any other snacks you desire
- Bring some bottles of water or a refillable container to stay hydrated during the training days
Firearm and accessories
- Outside the waist or Concealed Carry Holster with Retention* Battle belts are also acceptable.
- Light for your pistol if you have one
- 3-4 magazines
- Mag Pouches**
- Sturdy Belt***
- 500 – 600 rounds Pistol Ammunition
- Eye Protection
- Ear Protection *Please bring extra batteries for your ear pro
- **Holsters: Your holster preferably will be made of Kydex which is form fitted to your pistol. If you use nylon or leather holsters you will need to have a thumb break or some form of retention. If you show up without a proper holster you will have to do all drills off the table. No Blackhawk Serpa holsters allowed.
- **Magazine Pouches: Recommended but not necessary. Pockets work but are very slow.
- ***Sturdy Belt: This needs to be sturdy leather or reinforced nylon. Flimsy belts will not properly secure a holster. If you come with a belt that does not secure the weapon you will have to work off the table as well.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get right back to you. See you soon!