The Sheepdog Handler

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In chapter five from the First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training DVD, "The Sheepdog Handler" we look at some of the qualities required in a sheepdog handler (or trainer).

Topics covered include the importance of moving around to encourage the dog to go in the direction you want it to, and a brief look at some of the traditional commands in common use.

There's also an in-depth look at some of the tools we can use to make training much easier.


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Eve at the Pen

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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 dog who's basic training is in place, but Eve still shows some tyro weaknesses - she favours "Away" to "Come Bye", for instance, and her stop isn't 100% reliable (yet).

However, a lesson in and around the pen doesn't only teach penning, it gives us the opportunity to work on Eve's stop and flanks, to introduce the "Look Back" (when she fails to bring all her sheep cleanly to the pen) and to help build her confidence to get between the sheep and the fence.


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