Category – Flanks and Circling

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

Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: How can I slow the dog down
Probably 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 ... 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Bronwen and Scylla Part seven
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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Outrun (3) The Slingshot
Part three in our series of Outrun tutorials demonstrates how we use a simple technique we call "The Slingshot", to make the dog go out ... Watch now
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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 use a technique we call "sending ... Watch now
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: Inside Flanks, Circle The Sheep on Command
Even if the dog's already competent at driving, teaching inside flanks or circling on command will not necessarily be easy. Once the dog can do ... Watch now
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: The Outrun part two
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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: The Outrun part one
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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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
Thumbnail image for the sheep and cattle dog training tutorial: 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