Stopping the Dog (Parts 1-3)



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Teach your dog to stop well on command (three part tutorial).

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 that the dog will heed your stop command when you give it. Part three takes a close look at how you can get a good stop on your dog without damaging its confidence.

The videos encourage you to look closely at your relationship with your dog, especially the amount of respect the dog has for you as its leader, and whether your actions might be making the dog more excited.

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How Can I Slow The Dog Down?



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Things you can do to make your dog work more controllably

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 this tutorial takes an in-depth look at the reasons why dogs work very fast, and suggests ways to avoid or minimise them.

Once you can get your dog to work more steadily, you're well on the way to getting it trained as a useful sheep or cattle dog

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)



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Is Scylla ready to work outside the ring?

Part six of our series comparing the training of litter sisters, Bronwen and Scylla, sees Scylla continuing to make slow progress in the ring. Andy's hoping to get her out into the field, but she's not ready so he concentrates on getting her to flank smoothly and keep back off the sheep.

Bronwen begins by diving into the sheep and gripping, but she quickly settles down so Andy works on her flank commands. They take the sheep out of the ring, but the dog rushes at the sheep and they run away.

Bronwen isn't flanking properly; she's just chasing the sheep. The sheep have run far across the field before Andy can get close enough to the action to get Bronwen under control again.

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)



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Scylla's still pretty awful - Bronwen's erratic

Scylla takes an almighty charge, and scatters the sheep in all directions. Four of the sheep leave the ring but, once under control, Scylla was impressive at times - particularly at keeping the sheep off the hurdles.

Unfortunately Scylla's lesson was brought to an early end when a sheep collapsed with stress exhaustion. Once left in peace, the sheep was soon up and about again.

Bronwen's performance was erratic - largely because she was distracted by the close proximity of some inquisitive cattle.

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 4)



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Bronwen's no angel, but Scylla's improving slowly

In tutorial number four Bronwen proves she's by no means perfect, but she continues to be a long way ahead of Scylla in terms of her reliability and sheep control.


Scylla's working much too close to the sheep. Her tail is still flying like a flag and she's far too aggressive with them. Tiresome though she can be at times, there are signs of improvement, and even one brief moment that shows great promise!

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Tess in the Open Field



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A complete training session, packed with lessons

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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Backwards is the way forward



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Our most useful exercise once you have control of the dog

It's boring - and it might appear pointless to the novice, but walking backwards with the dog bringing the sheep up to you is the single most important exercise you can do once your dog has basic control of the sheep.

It improves pace, working distance, the stop, sheep control, and much more.

As well as clearly demonstrating how to get a strong dog to bring the sheep up quietly - this tutorial provides a valuable tip on how to read your sheep.

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Calm but Firm



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It's so important to appear calm, even when you're not

A dog which is aggressive with the sheep, but runs away as soon as the trainer attempts to correct it, is among the most difficult dogs to train.

Audrey not only fits this description perfectly, but just for good measure, refuses to go "Away" around the sheep too.

The Calm but Firm tutorial will show you how to cope with these difficult dogs. Featuring footage from actual training sessions.

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