Educating Gloria!

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This tutorial shows nine-month old Gloria, a bright, enthusiastic young dog, and her fourth training session with some well-dogged sheep.

As well as showing a typical dog in training, warts and all, the tutorial demonstrates some of the techniques that we've talked about in other tutorials, such as making use of the training ring; effective use of the training stick; reinforcing the stop, and flank commands; widening the flanks; taking the sheep out of the ring (whoops - the wrong way!) and dealing with gripping.

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16 Replies to “Educating Gloria!”

  1. Andy, Thank-you for this video. I have a nine month old that reflects the regular speed video of Gloria. Very fast and strong. She has no issues with stalled sheep! Your slow motion helps me see the “swishes” and their occurrence at the correct times. My issue is thinking fast enough to keep up- you already do these instinctively! Keep up the great work!
    Many best wishes to you and Gill for this New Year and for years to come- Be greatly blessed! sandy

    1. Good question, Annette! It’s both!
      You cannot possibly have lots of different commands for different speeds that you want the dog to move at (like gears in a car) but you don’t need them. The dog will learn from the urgency of your voice, and the situation on the field, whether it should stop instantly, or slow down, and by how much. Watch “The Perfect Stop“.
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  2. I am a retired sheep station manager, sheepdog trainer and sheepdog trialer in Australia. I have a considerable library of dog training books and DVDs. I find your method really fits well with mine and has helped me to refine my technique. I appreciate how you are prepared to show how things can go wrong and then how you work to correct them. I strongly recommend your website in my dog training book and also when giving working dog demonstrations.

  3. I noticed you said you were not too happy about Gloria sitting to stop. Why? I have Wiltshire horn sheep who can sometimes run blindly into fences. I do have some stud lambs that I am hard feeding who follow me and on occasions Lexie has tried to hone her sheep dog skills on them without me knowing . I have found them in a bunch. Would the little ewe compliment be better to start with as our sheep are not as quiet as yours. Our smallest paddock is 100 acres so they tend to want to run away fast! I am 72 and not so agile as I once was. Do a lot of work with a quad bike these days. After seeing these tutorials I can see why there are no overweight competitors in sheep dog trials!

    1. I noticed you said you were not too happy about Gloria sitting to stop. Why?

      Traditionally, “sit” is not a command used by sheepdog handlers. There’s nothing wrong with it though. If I’m training a dog which ignores “lie down” but will “sit” when I tell it to, I’ll use that command at first, and gradually wean the dog onto “lie down”.

      I have Wiltshire horn sheep who can sometimes run blindly into fences. I do have some stud lambs that I am hard feeding who follow me and on occasions Lexie has tried to hone her sheep dog skills on them without me knowing . I have found them in a bunch. Would the little ewe compliment be better to start with as our sheep are not as quiet as yours.

      You cannot humanely train dogs with sheep which are running around wildly. It’s not fair on the dog or the sheep. We use ewe-lambs for training, but anything that’s steady but not too stubborn will be OK.

      Our smallest paddock is 100 acres so they tend to want to run away fast!

      That’s way too big for a training field. Our field’s five acres and that’s far too big for starting a dog off – and plenty big enough for a part-trained dog.

  4. Hi, Could you check “Educating Gloria” Subtitle Video please, I tried to watch many times,but I can not play. I can play without subtitle, but I would like to watch with subtitle video.
    Thanks.

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