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
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?
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve been confined to working the dogs at Kings Green, so today’s outing to Dean Farm was very welcome – and Dulcie didn’t disappoint us! On a glorious June morning, Dulcie gathered the sheep effortlessly. Her outrun has improved considerably since we last visited Dean Farm. Here, she’s moving the flock… Continue reading Dulcie’s First Gather in Over Three Months
(Or, how to give your dog a bit more Grrr!) Sheep are natural runners when they’re being hunted, but some situations, such as when held in a pen, or protecting their lambs, can make a sheep turn, challenge, and fight back. While sheep and dog welfare must always be a priority there are occasions when the dog,… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Sometimes Nice is Not Enough
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, while other dogs work with their heads up and don’t appear to be using eye at… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Sticky Dogs! with “too much” eye
Lift your dog’s skill from average to excellent! 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, Train Your Dog to Circle the Sheep, we see… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Inside Flanks (Circling the Sheep on Command)
Watching a real training session will show you the theory put into practice. An over-excited and strong-willed Tess first appeared in our Starting a Strong Dog tutorial. In Tess in the Open Field she’s made great progress, and has proved she’s capable of working to a high standard, but Tess is still young and sheer novelty and enthusiasm makes her inconsistent.… Continue reading Featured tutorial – Tess in the Open Field