Tag: featured tutorial

  • Featured tutorial – The Outrun

    Featured tutorial – The Outrun

    The outrun – the only training session you’ll hope will go “pear shaped”! If there’s one aspect of sheep work that demonstrates the joy and convenience of a working dog, it’s the sheep dog’s outrun. When you no longer need to walk down the field to drive your sheep to where you want them, you […]

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  • Featured tutorial – Educating Gloria

    Featured tutorial – Educating Gloria

    Encourage the good, and make the best of the rest! Handlers who are new to sheepdog training can find it difficult to recognise what their dog’s doing, and take the appropriate action at the right time – timing is everything! Your timing will improve with practice, and watching a complete training session can help. Educating […]

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  • Featured tutorials – Introducing Sheepdog Trials

    Featured tutorials – Introducing Sheepdog Trials

    What to expect, and how to prepare yourself and your dog for your first sheepdog trial The better prepared you are for your first sheepdog trial, the less nerve-wracking it will be. It’s important to know what to expect, and what will be expected of you. It seems unbelievable now, but when I entered my […]

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  • Featured tutorials – Bronwen and Scylla

    Featured tutorials – Bronwen and Scylla

    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

    Featured tutorials – the Point of Balance

    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’

    Featured tutorial – Sending the dog the ‘wrong way’

    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

    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

    Featured Tutorial: The Training Area

    (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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