Featured tutorials – the Point of Balance

Border collie maintaining the point of balance while working sheep in a field

You’ve probably heard of the “point of balance”, but what exactly does it mean?

You’ll often hear that the dog MUST stop at 12 o’clock. The theory is that if you imagine the handler is standing at 6 o’clock on a clock face, the dog should be directly opposite the handler (at 12 o’clock) on the other side of the sheep. 

Bronwen keeping the sheep under control by maintaining the point of balance

In practise it isn’t quite so straightforward, but rest assured that if the sheep are moving towards you, in a straight line, your dog (wherever it’s positioned) has found the point of balance. As its skill increases, your dog will often have a better idea of where the point of balance is, than you do!

Watch the Balance tutorial to understand the basics of balance. Once mastered, Sending the Dog the Wrong Way looks at working OFF balance, and Driving Part 2 explains that the point of balance can be more than just watching the clock!  


The online tutorials are available to paid members who are logged in to their account. 

Balance – what’s the point? and Sending your dog the wrong way can be found in the Flanks and Circling category in the tutorials library. If you prefer (or need) to watch on DVD Balance and Sending your dog the wrong way both appear on Volume 3 of the DVD tutorial collections. Driving (parts 1 to 3) are included on Training Tutorials Volume 1.

Buy two or more of our DVDs (First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training, or Training Tutorials collections 1 to 4) to qualify for discounts.

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