Inside Flanks (Circle on Command) (Part 1)

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Even if the dog's already competent at driving, teaching inside flanks or circling on command will not necessarily be easy.

Once the dog can do it, the dog's confidence and control over the stock will grow considerably.

In this tutorial, Andy demonstrates how he uses tricks, commands, encouragement and lots of excitement, to teach the dog its inside flanks and to circle the sheep in front of him.

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Puppy Training Essentials

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Tempting though it may be to try your puppy with stock at a very early age, you should beware.

Unless you can be absolutely certain you're in a position to protect the youngster from attack or even the threat of it, there's a very real danger that sheep or cattle will will frighten the young dog and damage its confidence.

Possibly permanently.

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Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Part 2)

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Competing in your first sheepdog trial can be a daunting experience. It's not just a question of training your dog well.

There are many things the competitor is expected to know beforehand. The learning curve can be steep and unforgiving.

This tutorial will give you a great understanding of how a sheepdog trial is run, how to prepare for your first trial, as well as what to do, and what to avoid where possible.

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Sheepdog Trials – Getting Started (Part 1)

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Preparing your dog and yourself for your first sheepdog trial is not a simple task. There are so many things to remember.

Where do you go when you arrive at the field? What happens during the competition? What should I avoid? Who can I ask for help?

This tutorial will give you a great understanding of how a sheepdog trial is run, how to prepare for your first trial, what to do and what to avoid.

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Learn Your Commands

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Attempting to train a sheep or cattle dog when you're not fully conversant with the commands can cause serious problems.

It's completely unfair on the dog because you'll be blaming it for going the wrong way when in fact it was doing exactly what you asked.

Training a dog to work stock can be confusing enough, without you adding to the chaos by talking rubbish. This tutorial will give you some tips to make learning your commands easier.

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The Dog’s Confidence (Part 1)

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Understanding the factors which affect the dog's work is extremely important for a successful sheep or cattle dog trainer.

Of those factors, the dog's confidence is probably the most underestimated.

Confidence is of vital importance if a sheepdog is to work efficiently, especially at long distances from the handler, between the stock and a fence, or when faced by stubborn animals.

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Teach Your Dog to Work on Whistle Commands

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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!

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My Dog’s No Good

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If someone tells you your dog's no good, don't believe them.

As long as your dog has the herding instinct, the will to work for its handler, and is physically fit, it's capable of learning how to work stock.

All too often, farmers, shepherds and handlers assume that a dog's useless because it happens to be working badly, when in fact it's their fault for not showing the dog how they want it to work.

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