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  • Featured tutorials – Bronwen and Scylla

    Featured tutorials – Bronwen and Scylla

    A tutorial series to demonstrate the differences in young dogs. You can be forgiven for expecting that littermates would be very similar in temperament and working style, but we chose two home-bred puppies, Bronwen and Scylla, to demonstrate that even littermates can be poles apart. While both girls developed into keen, useful working dogs – just like their […]

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  • Featured tutorials – the Point of Balance

    Featured tutorials – the Point of Balance

    You’ve probably heard of the “point of balance”, but what exactly does it mean? You’ll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o’clock. The theory is that if you imagine the handler is standing at 6 o’clock on a clock face, the dog should be directly opposite the handler (at 12 o’clock) on the […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Sending the dog the ‘wrong way’

    Featured tutorial – Sending the dog the ‘wrong way’

    Our “Sending the dog the wrong way” tutorial introduces a great exercise for widening the dog’s flanks and outrun. Just as when we start to teach shedding we ask the dog to ignore one of its basic lessons (NOT to run through the sheep) this time we want the dog to work off balance. We’re […]

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  • Featured tutorials – Preparing yourself and your dog

    Many handlers seem to find the early “puppy” months very stressful; they’re anxious to raise the dog in a way that will spark and preserve the all-important working instinct, but worry about balancing that with the entirely natural desire to have a well behaved family playmate and companion. Sheepdog Selection and Preparation should answer these […]

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  • Featured Tutorial: The Training Area

    Featured Tutorial: The Training Area

    (Not to be confused with “The Training Ring“) IS YOUR TRAINING GROUND A HELP, OR A HINDERANCE? Your training area can make or break the early training sessions. It might seem like hard work, but taking the time to round off the corners and clear some obstacles will make it easier for your dog to […]

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  • NEW tutorial – Flock Work

    NEW tutorial – Flock Work

    Is your dog ready to handle a flock of sheep? Once your dog can control a small number of sheep reasonably well in the training field, it’s natural to start thinking about working a flock of sheep. After all, that’s what the dog’s for, isn’t it! To us humans, flock work seems like a natural […]

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  • FAQ – How to progress from training, to flock work

    FAQ – How to progress from training, to flock work

    QUESTION: How do you go from training a dog to collect six dogged sheep, to collecting a hundred or more flighty sheep, scattered around in a field? ANSWER: In a word, gradually!Good training should progress at a rate the student can cope with. If the student’s finding the work too difficult, the trainer’s pushing too […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Eve at the Pen

    Featured tutorial – Eve at the Pen

    Many of our online tutorials include actual training sessions with a trainee dog. No training happens in isolation so, as well as the main topic of the tutorial, any training session can highlight other aspects of the dog’s work – good or not so good. A typical example is Eve at the Pen. At this […]

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