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Coming Out

Getting your trainee sheepdog to bring the sheep out of the training ring without crisis can be a tricky affair. The sheep will usually grasp the slightest opportunity to bolt and this can cause the inexperienced dog to become excited, resulting in a chaotic chase.

We've often mentioned the benefit of getting your dog out into the open field as soon as possible. Working in the training ring can be very repetitive, but more importantly, the ring is essentially, an enclosed space.

Whilst the training ring is a wonderful tool for restricting the sheep to a small area and bringing out the dog's instinct to keep them together, many young dogs feel uncomfortable being confined with their "prey" and under pressure, can become more aggressive.

One of three sheep jumps high in the air to avoid a trainee sheepdog

This obviously makes training more difficult, so we recommend you transfer your training sessions to the open field as soon as the dog's able to keep control of the sheep. Usually the dog will be more relaxed and easier to control out in the open, but if the dog's inexperienced and excitable, how do you bring sheep and dog out of the ring while maintaining control? And then, just as importantly, bring them back?

In this tutorial Andy demonstrates how, with a little planning and by understanding what's likely to happen and why, bringing your sheep out into field needn't descend into chaos. And once you've learned the technique, your dog will learn some valuable lessons too.

Once you're working in the open, with your dog controlling the sheep (most of the time) training becomes more varied, and more fun for both dog and handler. While "fun" might be going too far, the sheep probably find it less stressful too.
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One Reply to “CQA – Coming Out, Tutorial Comments”

  1. I just joined about a week ago and LOVE the videos and now have a new one to study. I love them. I look forward to one on getting a good stop.
    I have a border collie puppy about 4 months old and a three year old rotti. I am a beginner with the rotti and starting to take the puppy in to the sheep once a week just to get her used to everything. My question is have you worked a rotti or other large breed and do you have any suggestions, videos or comments? I live in Anaheim, CA, USA. I have no sheep of my own and go to a facility for lessons. I work sheep for fun and to give my dogs a feeling of doing a job.

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