Take a realistic look while you train, and do not ignore your sheepdog’s bad work
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Is the dog REALLY working that well?
Don’t fall into the trap, of thinking your dog’s work is better than it really is.
Most outrun problems happen because the dog’s not confident, working at that distance.
Most sheepdog herding problems, are caused by handlers expecting too much, too soon.
It’s good to give the dog new challenges, but expect them to go wrong at first.
Any problem you don’t correct, is assumed by the dog, to be the right way to work.
The longer we allow bad work to go uncorrected, the harder it ‘ll be to correct later.
Video is a great way to find out how well or badly your dog is working.
Our herding checklist, to help you judge your dog’s performance level.
If your dog’s not working well, it’s down to you to put it right.
Once you can work out why the dog’s doing something wrong, it’s relatively easy to fix.
A brief summary of this tutorial.
Take a close look as you train
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your sheepdog’s work is better than it really is. Novice trainers are often eager to move our dog’s training on, and can overlook shortcuts and bad habits which the dog will sometimes adopt in the interest of getting the job done quickly.
Do not ignore your sheepdog’s bad work. Find out how and why you should accurately and reasonably assess the dog’s skill level.