Category – Working Distance

Tutorial videos showing the correct working distance for the dog, and ways to achieve it. The most recent tutorials are at the top of the page. Scroll down to browse earlier tutorials or choose from our Tutorial Categories or A-Z List of Tutorials.

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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
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 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 ... 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
Top tips for easier training
Nobody would claim that training a dog to work sheep or other livestock is an easy matter, but by understanding what is going on and ... Watch now
Training a dog which is aggressive with sheep
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 ... Watch now
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 ... Watch now
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 ... Watch now
Training Max - the Gripper (Part 1)
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 ... Watch now
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 ... Watch now
Balance - What's the Point?
Sheep and cattle dog trainers often refer to "the point of balance" but what exactly is it, and where can we find one? In this ... 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
sheepdog training video about improving the dogs confidence with stubborn stock
It's all very well training your dog to keep back from the sheep and not upset them, but what can you do if the sheep ... Watch now
Tess in the Open Field
As well as learning specific sheepdog training topics, we like to show you complete training sessions. This helps keep the topics in context and gives ... 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
Eve at the Pen
Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and control. In this tutorial we see Eve, a keen young ... 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
Backwards is the way forward
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 ... 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
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
Sticky Dogs
"That dog's got too much eye!" You'll sometimes hear this when a sheepdog, invariably a Border collie, appears mesmerised by the sheep, and reluctant to ... 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
Close Work 2 - In and Out of the Yard
In this follow-up to , Carew and Tess are each required to bring a small bunch of sheep into the yard. The task is more ... Watch now
Driving (Part 3)
Unashamed deception! Calling the dog back onto line when it's determined to hook the sheep back to you can be difficult and frustrating. As it ... Watch now
Driving (Part 2)
Following on from the first sheepdog driving tutorial, in this video, you will learn how to use your body position to maintain some control over ... Watch now
Whistle (Part 1)
If you work sheep at a distance, in bad weather or under noisy conditions, you need to use a whistle, but many people find sheepdog ... Watch now
Close work (Part 1)
Teaching a dog to bring the sheep to you in the open field is all very well, but your dog needs to do much more ... 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