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Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

Just as most humans are left or right-handed, the majority of herding dogs favour working in one direction over another. Often, sheep and cattle dog ... Read More
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 8)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 8)

When a dog's proving slow to train, it's particularly important to be able to recognise the areas where progress is being made, and to communicate ... Read More
Stopping the Dog (Part 2) The Perfect Stop

Stopping the Dog (Part 2) The Perfect Stop

Every handler wants a dog that stops on command, on the spot; and a dog that will stay there is a real bonus. But be ... Read More
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 7) - Going too Wide

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 7) – Going too Wide

In part seven, of our Bronwen and Scylla comparison, we focus entirely on Bronwen. Although she's far more advanced and reliable than her sister, Scylla, ... Read More
Use a reward to get training on board

Use a reward to get training on board

Working dogs have a huge capacity for learning, but in order to learn things that we want them to do, there must be some reward ... Read More
Top tips for easier training

Top tips for easier training

Nobody would claim that training a dog to work sheep or other livestock is an easy matter, but by paying attention to just a few ... Read More
Training a dog which is aggressive with sheep

Training Max – the Gripper (Part 3)

The third and final part of our "Training Max the Gripper" tutorials sees Max working well in the training ring but then Andy decides to ... Read More
Training Max - The Gripper (Part 2)

Training Max – The Gripper (Part 2)

After a quick recap of Max's colourful start to his training, this tutorial shows him making good progress in the training ring and even starting ... Read More
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)

Part six of our series comparing the training of litter sisters, Bronwen and Scylla, sees Scylla continuing to make slow progress in the ring. Andy's ... Read More
Training Max - the Gripper

Training Max – the Gripper

Not for the faint-hearted, this tutorial deals with one of the most difficult aspects of sheepdog training, how to cope with a very strong-willed dog ... Read More
Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)

Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)

In part five we see how Bronwen and Scylla meet the challenge of new, and "undogged" sheep. Some of the results are predictable, and true ... Read More
Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

For a long time now we've wanted to update our because our training techniques and understanding of sheepdogs have improved immensely since the DVD's release ... Read More

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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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