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  • Stopping the Dog (Parts 1-3)

    Teach your dog to stop well on command, without damaging its confidence The three 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 […]

  • How Can I Slow The Dog Down?

    Things you can do to make your dog calm down and work more steadily 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 you’ll be surprised how many […]

  • The Training Area

    Chapter four from the DVD set ‘First Steps in Border Collie Sheepdog Training’ The size, shape and nature of the training area can make a massive difference to your training experience. The Training Area tutorial shows you how to get the most out of the field, paddock or yard you train your dog in. With […]

  • Back to Forwards

    The next step, once you and your dog have mastered “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, […]

  • Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

    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. It’s simply a habit that can fairly easily be trained out of the dog. Unfortunately, some sheep and cattle dog handlers are […]

  • Top tips for easier training

    Ways to make sure training your dog goes as smoothly as possible 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 […]

  • Training Max – the Gripper (Parts 1-3)

    A dog which attacks livestock must be quickly brought under control Part 1 – A compulsive gripper can be a big problem to train Not for the faint-hearted, this tutorial deals with one of the most difficult aspects of sheepdog training, how to cope with a very strong-willed dog which persists in violently attacking the […]

  • Balance – What’s the Point?

    Sheepdog trainers often refer to The Point of Balance but what exactly is it, and where can we find one? In this short tutorial, we discover that the point of balance is not always to be found where we might expect it to be.

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