Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)

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Scylla's still pretty awful - Bronwen's erratic

Scylla takes an almighty charge, and scatters the sheep in all directions. Four of the sheep leave the ring but, once under control, Scylla was impressive at times - particularly at keeping the sheep off the hurdles.

Unfortunately Scylla's lesson was brought to an early end when a sheep collapsed with stress exhaustion. Once left in peace, the sheep was soon up and about again.

Bronwen's performance was erratic - largely because she was distracted by the close proximity of some inquisitive cattle.

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4 Replies to “Bronwen and Scylla (Part 5)”

  1. Great tutorials, I have a question. The correct time to remove the dog from the training ring, I usually use only 3 sheep in the ring, calmer sheep, for the puppy to perfect his left and right movements. What is the ideal time to remove it from the training ring? I’m from Brazil, I’m sorry for the translation if I’m wrong.

    1. Thank you for the feedback, Breno. It’s very important for us to know that people like the tutorials and find them useful.

      It is difficult to know exactly when to move from the training ring to the open field. It is a big step, but it’s worth trying when you are sure the dog is naturally going round the sheep and keeping them together in the ring.

      Once you open the ring, the sheep often run away as fast as they can, so the dog must overtake them and bring them back together. This means the dog must be able to run faster than the sheep, and it must also go around them all, rather than splitting one or two off, and chasing them.

      The easy way to do it is to have the ring inside another enclosure which is three or four times bigger than the ring – that way, there is a much better chance of you being able to control the dog.

      I suggest you watch the tutorial Moving Out Into the Open Field.

      The important thing to remember is to keep the dog with you when you open the hurdles, then as YOU move OUT of the ring, send the dog INTO the ring to fetch the sheep. Whatever you do, don’t try to stop the dog as the sheep run away. Instead, encourage the dog to go around them, and bring them back.

      If you are lucky enough to have a training area which is bigger than your training ring, but smaller than a field, you can try working the sheep in that area. It can be a lot easier than trying to bring the sheep out of the ring steadily.

  2. Hello Andy,
    Thank you for this new tutorial. I’m always enjoying and learning from them.
    In the beginning of this video, it showed a sheep challenging tour dog. The dog reacted by stepping up, the sheep turned. Well done. I noticed my dog is being challenged and she seems insecure. Holding back. I send her out and have her flank to solve the situation, but am not sure how to solve the situation and help my dog to overcome and grow more secure. Can you advise on this?
    Greetings from the Netherlands.

    1. Flanking the dog can help to move the sheep, Judith but the best way to improve the dog’s confidence in the face of stubborn sheep or cattle is to get close alongside the dog and actively help it to move them. Then you can gradually increase the distance as the dog’s confidence improves.
      I strongly recommend you watch the Sometimes Nice is Not Enough tutorial.

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