Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)

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Is Scylla ready to work outside the ring?

Part six of our series comparing the training of litter sisters, Bronwen and Scylla, sees Scylla continuing to make slow progress in the ring. Andy's hoping to get her out into the field, but she's not ready so he concentrates on getting her to flank smoothly and keep back off the sheep.

Bronwen begins by diving into the sheep and gripping, but she quickly settles down so Andy works on her flank commands. They take the sheep out of the ring, but the dog rushes at the sheep and they run away.

Bronwen isn't flanking properly; she's just chasing the sheep. The sheep have run far across the field before Andy can get close enough to the action to get Bronwen under control again.

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6 Replies to “Bronwen and Scylla (Part 6)”

  1. Thank you for the video. I have a tuff dog like this one. He does not like to stop for me and goes to fast and likes to go straight at them instead of giving the sheep space. I can eventually get him off the sheep but the first round is always hard and unpredictable. He does listen better to others who have more experience herding than I do but I just know in my heart of hearts that we will eventually get there. Watching these videos show that others have to work at it to with these tuff dogs and I appreciate seeing it so I can learn and hopefully apply what I learn from the videos.

  2. Is there going to be a Bronwen and Scylla 7,8,9 ? I have a 3 month old and really enjoying these videos . Soon we will be getting sheep . In our area there is mostly katahdin sheep in our area. our little girl has been a real desire to herd . as young as she is well 11 weeks or so I thought she was im the house but our goats got out and we thought “Oh great now we gotta chase goats forever trying to get them back in their field.” and out of no where here comes little Lexi who takes the goats, 6 of them, from in the yard were they were. Takes them off the fence, through the back yard, around the front of the house and though the front yard all the way to through the barn back to their field! and then stopped when I yelled “Stand!” and she let them go through the gate!!! I know she was just “chasing” as her lessons have been very breif since shes a tiny puppy. but I was so impressed ! and she did it again for my husband when they got out of gate accidentaly opened by our Dane. Again she took them right back to their field and stopped to let them through the gate. My husband said all she needed was super hero music and a cape when she was bringing those goats back lol

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Saskia, it’s good to know you’re finding the tutorials useful. We’re continuing the Bronwen and Scylla Tutorials for the time being and we probably have enough material to reach chapter nine, but we can’t be sure at the moment.
      It sounds as though little Lexi is going to be a great asset for you – please let us know how she gets on with her training on goats.

      1. That’s Great! cant wait to see those tutorials! You do a great job with your dogs , and I hope you post more young puppy tutorials :D , we just got a partner in crime for Lexi a little black n white girl named Bella who even though just a baby at 8 weeks is showing just as much interest as Lexi although shes not allowed to do much yet . I was surprised by little Bella. I brought her out to watch as I had done Lexi. and what a difference ! She immediately tried to chase on the leash and gripped one of the goats! Lexi gives them room. and really watches. I was really surprised at tiny Bella’s response to them. they seem they will be night and day. going to study max the grippers tutorials to be ready lol.

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