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  • FAQ – Stop at the top of the outrun without command?

    FAQ – Stop at the top of the outrun without command?

    QUESTION: Should my trainee sheepdog stop at the top of its outrun without a command from me? ANSWER: It’s nice to think the young dog will stop at the top of its outrun without a command, and indeed, it sometimes happens. But I’m inclined to think the dog is likely to be stopping because its […]

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  • FAQ – Sticky dog biting sheep’s faces

    FAQ – Sticky dog biting sheep’s faces

    QUESTION: My dog has become very ‘sticky’ and recently started biting the faces of the sheep, instead of responding to my commands what should I do? ANSWER: Being sticky (staring at the sheep and not responding to commands) and biting sheep, are both indications of a lack of confidence. If the dog has recently begun […]

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  • FAQ – Outruns (send the dog from your side)

    FAQ – Outruns (send the dog from your side)

    QUESTION: My dog’s doing lovely long outruns when I stand between her and the sheep, but how do I get her to do them from by my side? ANSWER: The reason for standing between the dog and the sheep when you send it on its outrun, is so that you can move towards the dog […]

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  • FAQ – Why’s the dog’s tail position so important?

    FAQ – Why’s the dog’s tail position so important?

    QUESTION: I keep hearing people talk about the position of the dog’s tail when it’s working sheep. What do they mean? ANSWER: When dogs are relaxed, they hold their tails in a normal downward position but when they are nervous or afraid, the dog’s tail becomes rigid, and often points upwards. In the photograph above, […]

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  • FAQ – How to stop your dog barking

    FAQ – How to stop your dog barking

    QUESTION: How can I stop my dog barking when I take him somewhere new, where there are sheep? ANSWER: Basically, there are two reasons why dogs bark: 1. ALARM – if they suspect an intruder or danger of some sort. If there really is no danger, it helps if you gently reassure the dog that […]

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  • FAQ – Flank around sheep both ways

    FAQ – Flank around sheep both ways

    QUESTION: “How can I make my dog go both ways around the sheep? She stops reasonably well, but insists on going anticlockwise all the time”. WHY THIS HAPPENS: In a similar way to humans, a great many dogs are left or right “handed”, and as with most training issues, it’s all about the dog’s confidence. […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

    Featured tutorial – Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

    It’s important that your dog will flank both ways around the stock For day-to-day farming tasks you might be able to work around your dog’s shortcomings, but when the unexpected happens (as it surely will) you, your dog, or more likely your sheep, will run into trouble if the dog is reluctant to flank freely […]

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  • NEW Tutorial! – Getting the sheep into the ring!

    NEW Tutorial! – Getting the sheep into the ring!

    How to get your sheep to go where they’d rather not be! New sheepdog handlers who’ve built themselves a training ring, are often faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem: “How can I put my sheep into the training ring if I don’t have a trained dog?” It’s a fair question! And one we should perhaps have addressed […]

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  • Featured Tutorial: Starting a Non-Starter!

    Featured Tutorial: Starting a Non-Starter!

    Can anything be done if your collie doesn’t want to work? The short answer is “Yes!” and understanding the possible reasons why the dog won’t work is a huge help to finding the cure. It’s very disappointing to find that your collie doesn’t want to work sheep or cattle, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Get off the Fence!

    Featured tutorial – Get off the Fence!

    When confronted with a dog, one of the few ways sheep have to defend themselves is to crowd together onto a fence, or in a corner. From this position they can turn to face the dog, and even just a few sheep can look very intimidating from the dog’s point of view! As a result, […]

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