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OUR LATEST TUTORIAL   -   Why your dog should flank BOTH WAYS

BASIC TRAINING

BRONWEN & SCYLLA - Highly recommended! You'll learn a lot from these totally different litter sisters.

  • Bronwen & Scylla 1. Bronwen works well from the start, while Scylla constantly attacks the sheep. - 19.0 min
  • Bronwen & Scylla 2. Scylla in the training ring. Awful at first, but she shows potential. - 11.0 min
  • Bronwen & Scylla 3. Bronwen's keen and confident but misguided, while Scylla's tail shows how nervous she is. - 22.0 min
  • Bronwen & Scylla 4. This time Bronwen's not so good, but far, far ahead of Scylla in terms of her work with sheep. - 18.0 min
  • Bronwen & Scylla 5. New sheep - and while Bronwen's erratic, some of Scylla's sheep prefer to leave! - 23.0 min
  • Bronwen & Scylla 6. Scylla's not ready for the open field, but Bronwen is - or maybe she isn't. - 20.0 min
  • Bronwen & Scylla 7. Bronwen's going too wide and loses contact with her stock. She must learn to come in. - 6.0 min
  • Bronwen & Scylla 8. It's very important to be able to recognise when you're dog's improving - and tell the dog! - 12.5 min

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED

  • The Outrun 1. A good sheepdog must have a good outrun. We show ways to get it right. - 15.0 min
  • The Outrun 2. Positioning yourself, your dog, and the sheep correctly, is the key to improving your dog's outrun. - 16.0 min
  • The Outrun 3. The "Slingshot" technique is highly successful for widening the dog's outrun - if your dog will do it! - 10.0 min
  • Eve at the Pen. A complete session teaching young Eve to get sheep into, and out of, a pen. - 36.0 min
  • Driving 1. Driving is extremely useful, and not so difficult to teach once you know how. - 7.0 min
  • Driving 2. How to use your body position to maintain some control over the dog while it learns to drive. - 7.0 min
  • Driving 3. Unashamed deception! Andy uses an "inappropriate" command, to achieve the result he needs from the dog. - 7.0 min
  • Shedding. It's useful to be able to separate sheep, and you'll need this skill if you want to compete in trials. - 5.5 min
  • Circle Sheep on Command 1. Once your dog can circle on command both ways, it graduates from trainee to skilled. - 7.0 min
  • Circle Sheep on Command 2. A training ring makes teaching your dog to circle the sheep, much easier. - 7.0 min
  • Sheepdog Trials 1. How to prepare your dog and yourself for competing in sheepdog trials. - 24.0 min
  • Sheepdog Trials 2. How trials are run. Prepare for your first trial: what to do, and what to avoid where possible. - 28.0 min
  • Sheepdog Whistle. In-depth video instruction on how to blow the notorious sheepdog whistle. - 6.8 min
  • Teach Your Dog Whistle Commands. It's not difficult to move your dog onto whistle commands - here's how. - 13.8 min
  • Sometimes Nice is Not Enough. If your dog's struggling to move stubborn stock, teach it to get tougher. - 16.0 min

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  1. Hello my name is Oli. I have a very strong fully trained sheepdog. He just turned 3 in January. He is a very quick dog and a good listener, my only problem with him is his flanking. Specially when he is far away i have a problem to get him out, he always takes the shortest route (cutting the edges)
    Wath is you’re advise fore me,? how and wath is the best way get him too flank better ??

    best regards

    Óli

    1. Óli, there is no such thing as a fully trained sheepdog. A dog which is perfect for one person, is only partly trained for another. For example, many farmers would describe a dog as “fully trained” if it will simply go out into the field and bring the sheep to a yard. Others want the dog to do so much more: shedding, penning, driving, help with lambing and so on.

      I’m sure your dog is very useful for you, but from your description, he cannot be “fully trained” because he’s not doing all the things you need him to do – but he should be doing those things. You say he’s very quick. Do you want him to be very quick? The sheep certainly don’t like a very quick dog – it unsettles them. If the dog’s working very fast, it’s lacking confidence, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a good dog.

      If the dog is flanking very close to the sheep when he’s at a distance, it’s because he’s afraid he’s going to lose them (confidence again). Remember, he’s a pack animal and his instinct tells him he should hold the sheep to the rest of the pack (which is you). The further away from you they get, the more worried the dog gets, so you need to prove to him that there’s nothing to worry about. Do this by very gradually increasing the distance he works from you.

      First though, you need to go back to basics with your dog. Get him to flank at the correct distance from the sheep and at a steady pace when he’s close to you, and while you teach him this, give him a command such as “Get out” as you whoosh the stick or move towards him to send him out wider. Soon he will learn to go out wider on command – and this will help when he’s farther from you. Watch Give the sheep some space for help with widening the dog’s flanks.

      If he’s too tight on his outrun, there are several things you can do to put this right. You’ll find them in the Outrun tutorials.

      Get him going steadily around the sheep. one of the best ways to do this is walking backwards with the dog bringing the sheep up to you. Watch Backwards is the way forward to learn how to do this properly. It may seem boring to you, but it teaches the dog a great deal: self control, steady pace. The dog must learn to bring the sheep at the pace that you walk backwards – not darting forwards and then stopping. It must also learn to keep back. This will teach the dog the distance you want it to work from the sheep. The better the dog learns this when it works close to you, the more chance of it going wider when it’s further away.

      Another very useful exercise is to teach the dog to circle the sheep in front of you. It may not sound like a useful thing to teach the dog, but it is. The dog will naturally widen out if you can get it to circle the sheep on command (both ways). It’s unnatural for the dog to leave the point of balance and come towards the handler but once you can teach the dog to do it, you’ll have a different dog! Watch Circle on command.

      I hope you find this useful – please let me know how you get on with training your dog.

      1. Haha yeah you are right about that. Let´s put it this way, he is a very good listner he has a good outrun and good distance, he also has a very good stop, and we have good connection (work well together) i guess the biggest problem is my lack of education. I will take a look at the videos you have recommended, and start the training..

        oli

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