Category – Flanks and Circling

Tutorials showing examples of how to improve control of the dog as it moves around stock, including teaching inside flanks.

Photo of a trainee Kelpie sheepdog excitedly splitting up a bunch of sheep
The most common question we get asked about sheepdog training is how to slow the dog down. Of course, there's no "quick fix" for getting ... Watch now
Back to Forwards - online sheepdog training video
Walking backwards with the dog steadily bringing the sheep up to you at the pace you choose to move back at is one of the ... Watch now
Close up photo of Maisie, the dog used in this herding sheepdog training tutorial
Most dogs are over-excited when they first encounter sheep and it's up to the trainer to do their best to protect the stock. Occasionally though ... Watch now
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 ... Watch now
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, ... Watch now
Balance - What's the Point?
Sheepdog trainers often refer to The Point of Balance but what exactly is it, and where can we find one? In this short tutorial, we ... Watch now
Outrun (Part 3) Slingshot
Part three in our series of Outrun tutorials demonstrates how we use what we call "The Slingshot" technique to make the dog go out much ... Watch now
Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!
One of the best ways to get a dog to give the sheep space when it's flanking is to send it what we call "the ... Watch now
Get off the fence!
Getting stubborn sheep away from a fence or hedge during the early stages of training can be very frustrating unless you know the "tricks of ... Watch now
Educating Gloria!
This tutorial shows nine-month old Gloria, a bright, enthusiastic young dog, and her fourth training session with some well-dogged sheep. As well as showing a ... Watch now
Sheepdog training video about inside flanks. Teach the dog to circle on command
Using a training ring, can make teaching your dog its inside flanks and circling the sheep much easier. It stops the sheep from moving away, ... Watch now
Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) (Part 1)
Even if the dog's already competent at driving, teaching inside flanks or circling on command is not easy, but once the dog will do it ... Watch now
Learn Your Commands
Attempting to train a sheep or cattle dog when you're not fully conversant with the commands can cause serious problems. It's completely unfair on the ... Watch now
Moving Out - Into the Open Field
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 ... Watch now
Outrun (Part 2)
The outrun marks the difference between a dog in training and a dog in work. When you no longer need to walk to your sheep, ... Watch now
Outrun (Part 1)
A good outrun is absolutely essential if a sheepdog is to work efficiently. Fortunately, it's not difficult to train a dog to do an outrun, ... Watch now
The Training Stick
By far the most important tool we use for training sheepdogs is the lightweight plastic pipe. We call it the Training Stick - and we ... Watch now
Give the sheep space
If your dog's going to work sheep or cattle properly, it must learn to give them plenty of room. If the dog keeps well back ... Watch now