The Training Area

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In this fourth chapter from the 2xDVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training, "The Training Area" shows you how to get the most out of the field, paddock or yard you train your dog in.

The size, shape and nature of the training area can make a huge difference to your training experience.

With a few small changes to the original "First Steps" footage to make matters even clearer, this tutorial will give you great insight into the type of ground you should train in and some great ideas for improving it quite dramatically.

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Sheep – Essential Facts For Trainers

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The third chapter from the 2xDVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training: "Sheep".

People think sheep are stupid, but in some ways they can be very clever. When you start training your first sheepdog, it's easy to overlook the importance of learning about sheep themselves. The more you know about sheep and their funny ways, the easier it will be to train your sheepdog.

In this tutorial, we look at the way sheep behave - especially when confronted with a dog. We also discuss ways of finding sheep, how to find somewhere to keep them, what sort of sheep it's best to use for training sheepdogs, and which types to avoid.

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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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Get off the fence!

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Getting stubborn sheep away from a fence or hedge during the early stages of training can be very frustrating unless you know the "tricks of the trade".

This tutorial shows you not only how to prise the sheep away from the fence, but also how to turn the dog's determination to circle the sheep into a useful tool for moving the sheep in the open field.

Once your dog masters this, it'll very soon be able to keep the sheep out in the open.

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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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