Featured tutorial – Sending the dog the ‘wrong way’

Photo of a collie sheepdog working sheep in long yellow grass

Our “Sending the dog the wrong way” tutorial introduces a great exercise for widening the dog’s flanks and outrun.

Just as when we start to teach shedding we ask the dog to ignore one of its basic lessons (NOT to run through the sheep) this time we want the dog to work off balance. We’re asking the dog to forget the old rule of stopping at the back of the sheep (often referred to as “stopping at 12 o’clock”).

As with so many other aspects of sheepdog training, once you understand why the dog is reluctant to go “the wrong way” it becomes much easier to train it to do just that, and the dog’s flanks will widen out.

Teaching your dog to ignore the point of balance and go the wrong way is essential for driving, and for yard and pen work, and will result in a more versatile and useful dog.

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