Featured tutorial – Educating Gloria

Educating Gloria – encouraging the good, and making the best of the rest!

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 a training session (such as Educating Gloria) can be a huge help.

This was Gloria’s fourth training session; she’s headstrong and excited, but not uncontrollable. This tutorial shows the complete lesson 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, and calm persistence, you and your dog will progress.

Smooth coated collie, Dulcie, playing at high speed with her rough coated sister, Gloria
Gloria’s convincing werewolf impression takes Dulcie by surprise!

Watch Educating Gloria to see setting the dog up 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 a typical trainee dog, watch Educating Gloria.

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