Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

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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 but all too often, 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 demonstrates the importance of training your dog to work fluently whichever way you choose to send it.

Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

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Does your dog have difficulty moving stubborn sheep or other livestock?

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 refuse to go where the dog's trying to put them? For the welfare of the sheep, they simply must be handled, treated for any ailments and managed, so we need to teach the dog to get tough when the time arises.

Find out how Carew's confidence grew immensely once she learned to be more assertive. As well as difficult sheep, Carew can now handle stubborn cattle with relative ease.

Whistle (Parts 1 & 2)

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Part 1 - Are you finding your whistle difficult to blow?
If you work sheep at a distance, in bad weather or under noisy conditions, you need to use a shepherd's whistle, because the sound of the whistle carries much further than the human voice. Using a whistle enables the dog to hear our commands from farther away.

Unfortunately though, many people find sheepdog whistles difficult to blow.

In this tutorial, Andy describes his favourite whistles and those he avoids, before going on to clearly demonstrate how to get sound from the sheepdog whistle. He also gives examples of typical whistle commands.

Part 2 - Once you can blow it, teach your dog to work off the whistle
It's much harder to learn to blow a sheepdog whistle than it is to teach the dog to work on them! This totally remade tutorial takes you through the process of familiarising your dog with whistle commands.

Bronwen's quite good with voice commands and now Andy wants to teach her to work on whistle commands. It doesn't take long before the young dog gets the idea!