(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… Continue reading Featured Tutorial: The Training Area
This deceptively simple but significant lesson can pay dividends in improved performance of your dog. As soon as your dog’s working around the sheep, and under some sort of control, this simple exercise gives you the opportunity to improve the dog’s stop, flanks, and working distance – all at once. Backwards is the Way Forward revisits Tess… Continue reading Featured Tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward
Stopping the dog is a great help, but don’t rush it! A huge thank you to the subscriber who let us know they were having problems running Part Three of our Stopping the Dog tutorial. The entire tutorial has been taken apart and put back together again, and not only is it up and running as… Continue reading Featured tutorial – The Stop (Part 3)
Follow Dulcie as she gathers a flock of sheep in the open field, and then takes them to the farm, where she guides them through the ‘sorting race’ so that the lambs which are ready for market can be ‘drafted out’. Dulcie works quickly and calmly as she brings the flock from the field into… Continue reading Watch Dulcie Working at Dean Farm Early Today
The Driving tutorials are among our most popular videos, tackling a subject that many handlers – and dogs – find challenging. In Driving Part 1 you’ll discover how to ease the dog into driving and reduce the stress involved when we ask the dog to take the stock away – the exact opposite of everything… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Driving
Answer – NOTHING! (Well, almost nothing). A recent question from one of our members reminded us that white border collie sheepdog pups are not as popular as black and white, tricolour, red or other colours. That’s a pity – and there’s little or no justification for it, unless you’re a sheepdog trials competitor. If you… Continue reading What’s Wrong With White Sheepdogs?
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll leave training until the puppy’s older – your puppy will start learning from you the moment it meets you. But it needn’t feel like work for either of you. The early months with any puppy are invaluable for getting to know its personality, and for establishing a bond… Continue reading Featured tutorials – Puppy Training
It might not seem very exciting, but DON’T skimp on flanking practice! 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… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways