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Category – Flanks and Circling


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

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The Training Ring (Parts 1 & 2)

The Training Ring (Parts 1 & 2)
A simple training ring of the correct size, will make training your dog a lot easier A two-part tutorial. One of the most useful assets that help us to train a sheepdog is the sheepdog training ring. It’s very much more versatile than you might think. A properly constructed training ring will make the early stages of training your dog so much easier. Trainee sheepdogs tend to chase the sheep, who (very wisely) run away. Both dog and sheep can … Watch now

The Training Area

The Training Area
Chapter four from the DVD set ‘First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training’ The size, shape and nature of the training area can make a massive difference to your training experience. The Training Area tutorial shows you how to get the most out of the field, paddock or yard you train your dog in. With a few small changes to the original “” DVD footage to make matters even clearer, this tutorial will give you great insight into the type … Watch now

Back to Forwards

Back to Forwards
The next step, once you and your dog have mastered “” 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 best exercises you can practice with a trainee dog. It will improve the dog’s stop, its control of sheep, its working pace and the distance that the dog works from the sheep. In this tutorial, we go a stage further and turn our back … Watch now

Starting a reluctant dog

Starting a reluctant dog
How to boost your dog’s confidence and help it to start working sheep 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 the dog takes no interest in the stock at all. In this tutorial, Maisie shows no interest in sheep at first, but once the hunting instinct kicks-in, despite being a sensitive dog, she’s aggressive with them. Our video demonstrates how to limit … Watch now

Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways
The importance of teaching your dog to go both ways round the stock Just as most humans are left or right-handed, the majority of herding dogs favour working in one direction over another. It’s simply a habit that can fairly easily be trained out of the dog. Unfortunately, some sheep and cattle dog handlers are not bothered if their dog will only go in one direction to gather the stock – as long as it brings them successfully. This video … Watch now

Balance – What’s the Point?

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 discover that the point of balance is not always to be found where we might expect it to be … Watch now

Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!

Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!
No! Not a mistake! Use this technique to widen your dog’s flanks 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 the dog the wrong way”. Once you can achieve this, you and your dog are well on the way to producing quality work – but it’s not easy. As with so many other aspects of sheepdog training, once you understand why the dog … Watch now

Get (the sheep) off the fence!

Get (the sheep) off the fence!
Train your dog to get sheep or cattle away from a fence or hedge 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 the trade”. This tutorial shows you not only how to prise the sheep away from the fence, but also how to turn the dog’s determination to circle the sheep into a useful tool for moving the sheep in the open field … Watch now

Educating Gloria!

Educating Gloria!
Watch a complete training session, full of valuable training lessons! 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 typical dog in training, warts and all, the tutorial demonstrates some of the techniques that we’ve talked about in other tutorials, such as making use of the training ring; effective use of the training stick; reinforcing the stop, and flank commands; widening the flanks; taking … Watch now

Backwards is the way forward

Backwards is the way forward
Our single most useful exercise, once you have control of the dog It’s boring – and it might appear pointless to the novice, but walking backwards with the dog bringing the sheep up to you is the single most important exercise you can do once your dog has basic control of the sheep. It improves pace, working distance, the stop, sheep control, and much more. As well as clearly demonstrating how to get a strong dog to bring the sheep … Watch now

Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) 1 & 2

Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) 1 & 2
Take your dog’s skill to a higher level Dramatically improve your sheepdog or cattle dog’s work with this important two-part tutorial. 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 it, the dog’s confidence and control over the stock will grow considerably. In part one of this tutorial, Andy demonstrates how he uses tricks, commands, encouragement and lots of excitement, to teach the dog … Watch now

Learn Your Commands

Learn Your Commands
Using muddled commands is bad practice, and not fair on the dog 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 dog because you’ll be blaming it for going the wrong way when in fact it was doing exactly what you asked. Training a dog to work stock can be confusing enough, without you adding to the chaos by talking rubbish. This tutorial will … Watch now

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