Starting a non starter (Parts 1 and 2)

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It's 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 work stock, if you understand what's happening and why, there's a much better chance of putting things right.

In this tutorial, we look closely at why some dogs want to work and others don't. Then we look at several proven ways of triggering the dog's work instinct.

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Sheepdog Selection and Preparation

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The first two chapters from the 2xDVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training: "Sheepdog Selection and Preparation".

For a long time now we've wanted to update our "First Steps" DVD set because our training techniques and understanding of sheepdogs have improved immensely since the DVD's release.

This video presents chapters one (the introduction) and two from the DVD set. It's fairly heavily modified and now nearly 33 minutes long! We're sure those of you who've seen the old version won't be disappointed.

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Sheepdogs Time Out!

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Following on from the very popular An Insight Into Pack Behaviour video - and while we put the finishing touches to our latest sheepdog training tutorial, we thought we'd give you a New Year treat!

"Sheepdogs Time Out" comprises of no less than four great chapters from our DVD Border Collie Sheepdogs & Friends - Still Off Duty DVD, and is a shade under 17 minutes of fun and training with our dogs.

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An Insight into Pack Behaviour

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This tutorial's a little different from usual as we're looking at dog behaviour, rather than training. "An Insight into Pack Behaviour" was originally a chapter on our Still Off Duty DVD, and is 33 minutes of our thoughts about what we see when we're out and about with our dogs.

We're not suggesting that it's the definitive guide to dog behaviour, but it illustrates much that we've seen and found useful when training a sheepdog. We're hoping you'll find it entertaining, as well as interesting, and we're also hoping it will stimulate some debate about what we see. All of us are learning, and none of us knows all the answers (except, perhaps our dogs).

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