A training session where we encourage the good, and make the best of the not-so-good!
Handlers who are new to sheepdog training can find it difficult to recognise what their dog's doing, and take the appropriate action at the right time - timing is everything! Your timing will improve with practice, and watching Gloria's training session will be a huge help.
This was Gloria's fourth lesson; she's headstrong and excited, but not uncontrollable. In this tutorial we see the complete training session twice, first at half-speed and then at its actual speed - demonstrating why new handlers often feel everything's happening too fast. Don't worry. You can't hope to get it right first time, every time, but with patience, persistence and a good temper, you and your dog will progress.
Watch Educating Gloria to see setting up the dog for a good start; use of the stick and body position to impose and maintain control; stepping up the discipline (and when to back off); how the handler's attitude influences the dog; establishing a good working distance from the sheep, despite the dog's best efforts; typical ways the dog may evade the stop command; and avoiding patterns in your commands.
For the highs and lows of a typical early lesson, with an equally typical trainee dog, watch Educating Gloria.
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