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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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  • New Tutorial: How Can I Slow the Dog Down?

    Photo of a trainee Kelpie sheepdog splitting up a bunch of sheep

    Many people ask us how they can slow their dog down when it’s working It’s essential that the dog learns to work stock steadily. During training, a dog which is calm is likely to learn much quicker than a dog which is excitedly racing around. If sheep or other stock panic as a result of […]

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  • How to train a sheepdog to slow down

    Training a dog to herd sheep - giving the sheep plenty of space

    A dog working too fast and close, disrupts and stresses sheep and shepherd alike For maximum working efficiency and minimum stress to the sheep, the herding dog should work with a calm authority, keeping a good distance between itself and the sheep, but not so far off that it loses control of them. This topic […]

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