Featured Tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward

Sheepdog trainer Andy Nickless walking backwards as his dog brings the sheep up to him steadily

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 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.

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