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  • Flock Work tutorial

    Flock Work tutorial

    Is your dog ready to handle a flock of sheep? Once your dog can control a small number of sheep reasonably well in the training field, it’s natural to start thinking about working a flock of sheep. After all, that’s what the dog’s for, isn’t it! To us humans, flock work seems like a natural… Read more

  • Working off balance – Sending the dog the ‘wrong way’

    Working off balance – 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 teach shedding we ask the dog to ignore a basic lesson (NOT to run through the sheep) this time we want the dog to work off balance. We’re asking the dog to… Read more

  • Backwards is The Way Forward

    Backwards is The Way Forward

    Wondering whether to work on flanks, stop, or working distance? We think Backwards is the Way Forwards! Work on all aspects at once with this deceptively simple but effective sheepdog training exercise. As soon as your dog’s working around the sheep, and is under some sort of control, this simple exercise in an opportunity to… Read more

  • Featured tutorial – Early training with your sheepdog puppy

    Featured tutorial – Early training with your sheepdog puppy

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking that training a sheepdog puppy can wait until the puppy’s older – your 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… Read more

  • Featured tutorial – Driving

    Featured tutorial – Driving

    A three-part tutorial to teach YOU how to teach your sheepdog to drive sheep. The Driving tutorials are among our most popular videos, tackling a subject that many handlers – and dogs – find challenging. Some sheepdog trainers dread teaching their dog to drive, but if you take the time to understand what’s happening there’s… Read more

  • Featured tutorial – Moving out into the open field

    Featured tutorial – Moving out into the open field

    The training ring is ideal for keeping the action in easy reach of the handler, but some young dogs are unhappy when working in a restricted space. Confined with the sheep, and feeling under pressure, a dog can be uncharacteristically aggressive. Moving the sheep out of the training ring, and then putting them back in,… Read more

  • Featured tutorial – Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

    Featured tutorial – Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

    It’s important that your dog will flank both ways around the stock For day-to-day farming tasks you might be able to work around your dog’s shortcomings, but when the unexpected happens (as it surely will) you, your dog, or more likely your sheep, will run into trouble if the dog is reluctant to flank freely… Read more

  • The dog darts at the sheep, if they move (FAQ)

    The dog darts at the sheep, if they move (FAQ)

    QUESTION: My dog works quite well normally, but if any sheep move before I send him off, he won’t stay in place. He runs straight at them and chases them. The dog darts at the sheep if they move. ANSWER: The dog’s natural instinct SHOULD be to go and stop the sheep running off. If… Read more

  • Getting the sheep into the training ring

    Getting the sheep into the training ring

    Put your sheep in place before you start training New sheepdog handlers who’ve built themselves a training ring often ask themselves: “How can I put my sheep into the training ring if I don’t have a trained dog?” It’s a fair question! You can’t start to train until the sheep are inside the ring. Watch “Getting the… Read more

  • How to train your dog to have a good recall (FAQ)

    How to train your dog to have a good recall (FAQ)

    QUESTION: How to train my dog to have a good recall? He won’t come back when I call him. ANSWER: To get a good recall on your dog isn’t difficult, but it sometimes takes patience, determination and leadership. Learn how to improve your dog’s recall. Information on this page is for training the dog to… Read more