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  • Stopping the Dog (Parts 1-3)

    Teach your dog to stop well on command, without damaging its confidence The three completely revised tutorials delve into the thorny issue of getting your dog to stop, in much more detail than the earlier versions. They explain why your dog doesn’t want to stop, and what you can do to make it more likely […]

  • 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 […]

  • How Can I Slow The Dog Down?

    Things you can do to make your dog calm down and work more steadily 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 getting a keen dog to work at a steadier pace, but you’ll be surprised how many […]

  • The Sheepdog Handler

    Don’t just train your dog! Make yourself, a better trainer! It’s all very well learning about the dog, the sheep, and the training area, but it’s just as important to think about some of the qualities required in a sheepdog handler (or trainer) and how to make improvements. This tutorial is based on chapter five […]

  • 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 […]

  • Starting a non starter (Parts 1 & 2)

    If your dog doesn’t want to work, we can help you to change its mind! It can be very disappointing to find that your dog doesn’t seem to want to work sheep or cattle, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to change its mind. As with most aspects of training dogs to […]

  • Back to Forwards

    The next step, once you and your dog have mastered “Backwards is the Way Forward” 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, […]

  • 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 […]

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