(Not to be confused with “The Training Ring“)
IS YOUR TRAINING GROUND A HELP, OR A HINDERANCE?
Your training area can make or break the early training sessions. It might seem like hard work, but taking the time to round off the corners and clear some obstacles will make it easier for your dog to succeed, and pay dividends in saving your time and temper.
A SAFE HAVEN!
It takes a confident, skilled dog to get sheep out from under a hedge like this! Sheep are quick to take advantage of any refuge they find when being pursued by an untrained dog.
We originally examined the training area on our First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD, and it also appears, with a few changes and the addition of optional English subtitles, as The Training Area tutorial in the tutorial library.
The Training Area looks at how to adapt the space you have available and suggests some alternatives, including using sheep hurdles to build a temporary training ring, if the corners and obstacles are beyond your control.