There are plenty of ups and downs when you’re training a sheepdog, so take the time to assess your dog’s progress realistically. If you feel progress has slowed (or stopped) then you probably just need to take a step back and give your dog some easier tasks for a while. On the other hand, if you set a task for your dog that you’re confident it can carry out, don’t settle for poor work or your dog won’t improve.
Here are two short tutorials to help you strike the right balance.
My Dog’s No Good warns against falling into the trap of believing your dog will never make a good sheepdog. If it’s fit, healthy and keen, the only thing preventing your dog from achieving its potential is YOU! So if anyone tells you, “Your dog’s no good!” you probably just need to reassess your training technique.
No Excuses Please takes a different angle – the risks of allowing your dog to perform poorly, either because it’s easier to “just let him get on with it” or because you simply haven’t noticed. Be realistic, but always aim for accuracy and constant improvement.
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