Stopping the Dog (1) REVISED!

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The completely revised tutorial delves into the thorny issue of getting your dog to stop, in much more detail than the earlier version.

It explains 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.

The video encourages you to look closely at your relationship with your dog, especially the amount of respect the dog has for you as its leader.

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Back to Forwards

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Walking backwards with the dog steadily bringing the sheep up to you at the pace you choose to move back at is one of the best exercises you can practice with a trainee dog.

It will improve the dog's stop, its control of sheep, its working pace and the distance that the dog works from the sheep.

In this tutorial, we go a stage further and turn our back on the dog.

Once you can trust the dog to bring the sheep steadily up behind you as you walk forwards, your training will have moved onto a new level.

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Stopping the Dog (2) The Perfect Stop

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Every handler wants a dog that stops on command, on the spot; and a dog that will stay there is a real bonus. But be careful what you wish for!

In our anxiety to achieve a good stop there's a danger we'll overlook what else we're telling the dog. Is it possible to achieve that elusive "good stop" without undermining the dog's confidence?

Our latest tutorial revisits the Stop (or Stand, or Lie Down). What do we want the dog to do, and when? How can we make it happen? And why doesn't it happen more often?

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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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Backwards is the way forward

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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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The Training Stick

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By far the most important tool we use for training sheepdogs is the lightweight plastic pipe.

We call it the Training Stick - and we wouldn't like to have to train dogs without one!

This tutorial describes how invaluable the training stick can be in the early stages of training, for controlling the dog's direction, it's pace, and the distance it works from the sheep or cattle.

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