Outrun (Part 3) Slingshot

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Part three in our series of Outrun tutorials demonstrates how we use a simple technique we call "The Slingshot", to make the dog go out much wider on its outrun or when flanking the sheep.

"The Slingshot" is one of the most important and highly effective techniques we know of for quickly improving the dog's outrun.

If you're can get your dog's cooperation, it will absolutely love doing "Slingshot" outruns, and go out much wider.

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 3)

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The third tutorial in our Bronwen and Scylla series sees Bronwen struggle to get the sheep into the ring.

Once the sheep are in, we watch both Bronwen and Scylla's individual training sessions in the ring on the same day.

Bronwen is keen and confident, but she's often over-keen and misguided, while Scylla's tail (and her attitude to the sheep) demonstrate just how nervous she really is.

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Sometimes Nice is Not Enough

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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.

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Woolly Jumpers

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Sheep which learn to jump out of the training area can be very difficult to cope with.

No only do they disrupt the training session, they can injure themselves and even damage fencing and hurdles into the bargain.

If you understand why the sheep are jumping out, you can take steps to reduce the likelihood of your sheep learning to jump, and how you can cope with jumpers if you already have them.

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 2)

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In part one we saw how good Bronwen's sheep control can be, and we caught a glimpse of Scylla's antics too. In this tutorial, we find out just how difficult Scylla can be when she encounters sheep.

When Scylla gets into the training ring she's very trying at first, but soon, with a little help from Kay, the youngster begins to show her natural talent.

There's still a long way to go, but Scylla's definitely got what it takes!

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Eliminate the Toilet Break

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It's important to discourage your dog from taking a toilet break while it's working.

Not only is it not professional, but dog which has stopped to relieve itself can easily lose control of its sheep because it's focused on them. If this happens in a sheepdog trial, you will lose a lot of points.

Learn how easy it is to teach your dog to toilet on command, so that you can make sure it's fully comfortable before it begins work.

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 1)

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We're going to follow the progress of two litter sisters - Bronwen and Scylla - as they learn to become sheepdogs.

They might have the same parents, but their temperaments are very different and the same goes for their attitude to working sheep.

In this first part we learn about the two young dogs. We see one of them working nicely in the field, while the other's approach seems to be "the best form of defence is attack"!

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Tess in the Open Field

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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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