Bronwen and Scylla (Part 3)

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The third tutorial in our Bronwen and Scylla series sees Bronwen struggle to get the sheep into the ring.

Once the sheep are in, we watch both Bronwen and Scylla's individual training sessions in the ring on the same day.

Bronwen is keen and confident, but she's often over-keen and misguided, while Scylla's tail (and her attitude to the sheep) demonstrate just how nervous she really is.

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 2)

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In part one we saw how good Bronwen's sheep control can be, and we caught a glimpse of Scylla's antics too. In this tutorial, we find out just how difficult Scylla can be when she encounters sheep.

When Scylla gets into the training ring she's very trying at first, but soon, with a little help from Kay, the youngster begins to show her natural talent.

There's still a long way to go, but Scylla's definitely got what it takes!

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 1)

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We're going to follow the progress of two litter sisters - Bronwen and Scylla - as they learn to become sheepdogs.

They might have the same parents, but their temperaments are very different and the same goes for their attitude to working sheep.

In this first part we learn about the two young dogs. We see one of them working nicely in the field, while the other's approach seems to be "the best form of defence is attack"!

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Tess in the Open Field

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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 the viewer a better understanding of the dog's skill level when it undertakes various tasks.

In this session, Tess is learning to widen her flanks and not cross over on her outrun or split the sheep up, to work more calmly around the sheep and come away from them more reliably, and she gets an introduction to driving.

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No Excuses Please!

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It's very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your dog's work is better than it really is.

Novice trainers are often eager to move our dog's training on, and can overlook shortcuts and bad habits which the dog will sometimes adopt in the interest of getting the job done quickly.

Find out how and why you can accurately and reasonably asses the dog's skill level.

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Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Part 1)

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Preparing your dog and yourself for your first sheepdog trial is not a simple task. There are so many things to remember.

Where do you go when you arrive at the field? What happens during the competition? What should I avoid? Who can I ask for help?

This tutorial will give you a great understanding of how a sheepdog trial is run, how to prepare for your first trial, what to do and what to avoid.

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Learn Your Commands

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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 give you some tips to make learning your commands easier.

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My Dog’s No Good

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If someone tells you your dog's no good, don't believe them.

As long as your dog has the herding instinct, the will to work for its handler, and is physically fit, it's capable of learning how to work stock.

All too often, farmers, shepherds and handlers assume that a dog's useless because it happens to be working badly, when in fact it's their fault for not showing the dog how they want it to work.

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