Stopping the Dog (Parts 1 -3)


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Teach your dog to stop well on command

The two completely revised tutorials delve into the thorny issue of getting your dog to stop, in much more detail than the earlier versions.

They explain 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 videos encourage you to look closely at your relationship with your dog, especially the amount of respect the dog has for you as its leader, and whether your actions might be making the dog more excited.

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How Can I Slow The Dog Down?


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Things you can do to make your dog work more controllably

Probably the most common question we get asked about sheepdog training is how to slow the dog down.

Of course, there's no "quick fix" for getting a keen dog to work at a steadier pace, but this tutorial takes an in-depth look at the reasons why dogs work very fast, and suggests ways to avoid or minimise them.

Once you can get your dog to work more steadily, you're well on the way to getting it trained as a useful sheep or cattle dog

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The Training Area


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Chapter four from the DVD set First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training

The Training Area tutorial 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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Back to Forwards


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The essential sequel to "Backwards is the Way Forward"

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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Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways


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The importance of teaching your dog to go both ways round the stock

Just as most humans are left or right-handed, the majority of herding dogs favour working in one direction over another.

Often, sheep and cattle dog handlers are not bothered if their dog will only go in one direction to gather the stock, as long as it brings them successfully.

This video demonstrates the importance of training your dog to work fluently whichever way the handler sends it.

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 8)


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Scylla makes good progress

When a dog's proving slow to train, it's particularly important to be able to recognise the areas where progress is being made, and to communicate approval and encouragement to the dog when it's work is improved, even if it's not fully up to the standard you aspire to.

It's through such guidance that the dog learns more quickly what pleases the handler and what doesn't.

Part eight of the Bronwen and Scylla training comparison focuses on Scylla and points out the areas of her work which deserve praise and encouragement, as well as those which are still a long way below par.

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Bronwen and Scylla (Part 7) – Going too Wide


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Bronwen's flanking far too wide

In part seven, of our Bronwen and Scylla comparison, we focus entirely on Bronwen. Although she's far more advanced and reliable than her sister, Scylla, she's developed the all-too common problem of running much too wide when she goes round the stock.

When a dog works too far back from sheep or cattle the stock quickly learn that the dog's not in a position to control them, and they're likely to run away.

The video shows that being firm, but patient, with the errant dog, and using practical work to show the dog that it needs to be in control, will help to stop the dog casting out too wide.

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Top tips for easier training


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Valuable advice for sheep and cattle dog trainers

Nobody would claim that training a dog to work sheep or other livestock is an easy matter.

But by understanding what is going on and why, and by paying attention to just a few basic details, we can make the process so much easier for both dog and handler.

In this video Andy shows how to correct the points which will be most beneficial when you train a herding dog.

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