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  • Featured tutorials – Bronwen and Scylla

    A variety of smooth and rough coated border collies

    A tutorial series to demonstrate the differences in young dogs. You can be forgiven for expecting that littermates would be very similar in temperament and working style, but we chose two home-bred puppies, Bronwen and Scylla, to demonstrate that even littermates can be poles apart. While both girls developed into keen, useful working dogs – just like their […]

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  • Featured tutorials – the Point of Balance

    Sheepdog with three sheep

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Featured tutorials – Preparing yourself and your dog

    Many handlers seem to find the early “puppy” months very stressful; they’re anxious to raise the dog in a way that will spark and preserve the all-important working instinct, but worry about balancing that with the entirely natural desire to have a well behaved family playmate and companion. Sheepdog Selection and Preparation should answer these […]

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  • Featured Tutorial: The Training Area

    Trainee sheep and cattle dog Remus keeping a small bunch of sheep under control

    (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 […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Eve at the Pen

    Photo of a sheepdog bringing a small flock into a handling pen

    Many of our online tutorials include actual training sessions with a trainee dog. No training happens in isolation so, as well as the main topic of the tutorial, any training session can highlight other aspects of the dog’s work – good or not so good. A typical example is Eve at the Pen. At this […]

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  • Featured tutorial: Backwards is The Way Forward

    Sheepdog trainer Andy Nickless walking backwards as his dog brings the sheep up to him steadily

    Wondering whether to work on flanks, stop, or working distance? Work on them all at once with this deceptively simple but effective exercise. As soon as your dog’s working around the sheep, and under some sort of control, this simple exercise gives you the opportunity to improve the dog’s stop, flanks, and working distance – […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Early training with your sheepdog puppy

    Collies and Chihuahuas can be great friends

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll leave training until the puppy’s older – your sheepdog puppy will start learning from you the moment it meets you. But it needn’t feel like work for either of you. The early months with any puppy are invaluable for getting to know its personality, and for establishing a […]

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