Moving sheep out of the training ring into the open without losing control of dog, sheep or both, can be a problem
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The training ring’s great – but…
Dogs often work better outside the training ring.
Leading the dog away from the sheep by its collar.
Get between the dog and the sheep to make it go out wider.
Taking the (dogged) sheep out of the ring with Max (the gripper).
Outside the ring, Max is more relaxed and gives the sheep more space.
‘Waltzing’ the sheep into the ring.
An example of REALLY ‘dogged‘ sheep!
Stacey Wilkinson and Zac taking the sheep out of the training ring.
Sheep are great judges of a dog’s capabilities.
Gloria attempting to get the sheep out of the training ring.
Keeping Gloria on the cord to stop the sheep running out.
Setting Gloria up to fetch the sheep.
Try to APPEAR in control!
Continue to command the dog calmly, as though you are in control.
Gloria splits another sheep off.
Now Gloria brings the sheep out of the ring again.
Gloria flanks much better outside the training ring.
It’s important for the handler to move into the field as the sheep come out.
Setting up Speck to bring the sheep out of the ring.
Keep the dog with you while you open the hurdles.
As the dog goes to fetch the sheep, move out into the field.
Bringing the sheep back into the training ring.
Look out for chances to teach the dog to do a little driving.
A tricky affair!
Getting your trainee sheepdog to bring the sheep out of the training ring without crisis can be a tricky affair. The sheep will usually grasp the slightest opportunity to bolt and this can result in an ugly chase. In this tutorial you’ll learn a simple routine which will greatly increase the chances of a smooth transition with the dog maintaining control of the sheep from inside the training ring to the open field.