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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Driving (Parts 1-3)

    THREE TUTORIALS to help you teach your dog to drive PART 1.Some sheepdog trainers dread teaching their dog to drive and it’s understandable, because when we ask a dog to take the sheep or cattle away, it’s contrary to the dog’s instinct. If you understand what’s going on though, it becomes much simpler, and more […]

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8 responses to “Sending the Dog the Wrong Way!”

  1. Britta Waddell avatar

    Really good, very helpful, particularly for me and my overly keen dog. Thank you again, Any.

  2. Gill Evans avatar

    Extremely useful tutorials! is there potential for an interactive video game, where the player has to manoeuver sheep around a course / obstacles of some kind, gaining or losing points for controlling the dog, with variations of type of dog & sheep behaviour, & unexpected sheep or dog behaviour? I’m not usually a video game player, but your diagram videos are really helpful. Just thought it might help to speed handler reactions & reduce command mistakes & avoid panic in ‘real-life’ situations, especially for folk like me who have little access to sheep. And maybe reduce hassle for the real sheep!

    1. Andy avatar

      Thanks for your comment, Gill. It’s good to know you find the tutorials useful. An interactive video game would be useful and entertaining, but I don’t have much idea how to go about creating one!

  3. Andy Snow avatar

    Hi Andy, very good tutorial. My young dog is doing really well but I don’t seem to be able to flank him once he is on the point of balance. Once I, or the sheep move, then he is very happy to flank (even the wrong way). Is this something that will come with experience or I there something that I can do to help him? Thanks Andrew

    1. Andy avatar

      Hello Andy,
      Thanks for your kind comment. If the dog doesn’t want to flank when it’s on the other side of the sheep, it’s balancing instinct is obviously strong and you need to free it up a little by walking through the sheep to make it go (using the stick to block it and make sure it goes the right way). Soon the dog will get the idea! I suggest you watch the tutorial on this page – and also the one about Sticky Dogs (for the time being, it may help if you keep the dog moving, rather than allowing it to settle).

  4. Patrick Schmid avatar

    Dear Andy nice tutorial. Thx for it. But what we can do if the dog is always behind the sheep to close. If i am in front, do your technik with send him wrong he isn’t close at me or at the side of the sheep, he always coming to close behind them. You have no chance to be there.
    Best regards Patrick

    1. Andy avatar

      Hello Patrick,
      Thank you for your kind comments about the tutorial.
      If the dog will not stay back, you need to follow the advice in the “Backwards is the way forward” tutorial – walk through the sheep, block the dog and MAKE it stop.
      The dog must understand that the lesson will go no further unless it does as it’s told.
      If the dog is very determined, I will make it go back – further back than it was when I first told it to stop. This teaches the dog that it will get no reward (working the sheep) unless it does as you tell it.
      I hope this helps. Best wishes, Andy.

      1. Patrick Schmid avatar

        Thank You Andy i will try it.

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