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 – all at once.
Backwards is the Way Forward revisits Tess and her training. Tess was a strong and determined dog, with loads of potential, but we needed to harness her enthusiasm and create a working partnership with her before she could make progress. In this tutorial you’ll see a training session where Andy puts this deceptively simple exercise into practice.
You won’t need vast acres or even a training ring for your “backwards” training sessions, but eyes in the back of your head would definitely help! When you’re both ready for something more advanced the follow-up, Back to Forwards, will show what you and your dog can learn when you turn around and look where you’re going.
Backwards is the Way Forward can be found in the online tutorials library under the Control, Pace, Working Distance and Flanks and Circling categories. It’s invaluable for almost every aspect of sheepdog training.
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