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,… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Get off the Fence!
Sheepdog training tutorials focusing on the dog’s outrun
Educating Gloria – encouraging the good, and making the best of the rest! Handlers who are new to sheepdog training can find it difficult to recognise what their dog’s doing, and take the appropriate action at the right time – timing is everything! Your timing will improve with practice, and watching a training session (such… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Educating Gloria
It’s time to get moving if your dog has “too much” eye. To a greater or lesser degree, border collies use “eye” (a particularly intense and assertive stare) to move stock. In some dogs the look is very exaggerated (often said to have “too much eye”), while other dogs work with their heads up and… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Sticky Dogs! with “too much” eye
Teaching inside flanks (circling on command) Once your dog’s driving competently, teaching inside flanks (circling on command) is the next step. Make no mistake, good inside flanks can be the difference between having an average dog, and a great dog! In the two-part tutorial, Inside Flanks (Circle on Command), we see Wyn learning to overcome… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Inside Flanks (Circling the Sheep on Command)
What to expect at a sheepdog trial The more prepared you are for your first sheepdog trial, the less nerve-wracking it will be; it’s reassuring to know what to expect, and what will be expected of you. It seems unbelievable now, but when I entered my first competition (oh, so many years ago) it wasn’t… Continue reading Featured tutorials – Introducing Sheepdog Trials
There are plenty of ups and downs when you’re training a sheepdog, so take the time to assess your dog’s progress realistically. If you feel progress has slowed (or stopped) then you probably just need to take a step back and give your dog some easier tasks for a while. On the other hand, if you set… Continue reading Featured tutorials – assess your dog’s progress
Stopping the Dog – Parts One, Two & Three take a detailed look at the problems surrounding the stop (or wait, or lie down, or whatever command you choose). They explain why your dog doesn’t want to stop, and what you can do to make it more likely that the dog will obey your stop command when you… Continue reading Featured tutorials – Putting a stop (or wait, or lie down) to it