Category: Tutorial News

  • 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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  • Featured tutorial – Sticky Dogs! with “too much” eye

    Featured tutorial – Sticky Dogs! with “too much” eye

    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 […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Inside Flanks (Circling the Sheep on Command)

    Featured tutorial – Inside Flanks (Circling the Sheep on Command)

    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 […]

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  • Featured tutorials – assess your dog’s progress

    Featured tutorials – assess your dog’s progress

    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 […]

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  • Featured tutorials – Putting a stop (or wait, or lie down) to it

    Featured tutorials – Putting a stop (or wait, or lie down) to it

    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 […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Tess in the Open Field

    Featured tutorial – Tess in the Open Field

    Maintaining control in the open field An over-excited and strong-willed Tess first appeared in our Starting a Strong Dog tutorial. By the time we filmed “Tess in the Open Field” she’d made great progress, and proved she was quite capable of working to a high standard, but Tess was still young and sheer novelty and enthusiasm made her inconsistent.  However, it […]

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