Category: Tutorial News

  • 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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  • Featured tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward

    Featured tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward

    Wondering whether to work on flanks, stop, or working distance? Work on them all at once with this deceptively simple but effective exercise. 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 – […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Early training with your sheepdog puppy

    Featured tutorial – Early training with your sheepdog puppy

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll leave training until the puppy’s older – your sheepdog 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 […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Moving out into the open field

    Featured tutorial – Moving out into the open field

    The training ring is ideal for keeping the action in easy reach of the handler, but some young dogs are unhappy when working in a restricted space. Confined with the sheep, and feeling under pressure, a dog can be uncharacteristically aggressive. We recommend you move your training sessions to the open field as soon as […]

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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 – 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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