Eve at the Pen

A complete training session, teaching the dog good pen manners


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Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and control. In this tutorial we see Eve, a keen young dog who’s basic training is in place, but Eve still shows some tyro weaknesses – she favours “Away” to “Come Bye“, for instance, and her stop isn’t 100% reliable (yet).

However, a lesson in and around the pen doesn’t only teach penning, it gives us the opportunity to work on Eve’s stop and flanks, to introduce the “Look Back” (when she fails to bring all her sheep cleanly to the pen) and to help build her confidence to get between the sheep and the fence.

Eve at the Pen

2 responses to “Eve at the Pen”

  1. Martin otoole avatar

    Hi Andy my 2 year old dog will do come by in the pen know problem they are tighter to the fence in the away position and finding it impossible to get him to get in in the away command I have tried leading him in on the lead many time and catching him by the collar and going in with him I was wondering have you any more suggestions for me to build his condifence to get him to do this he is a very good dog otherwise kind regards Martin otoole

    1. Andy avatar

      First, my apologies for the delayed reply.
      If the dog will flank round the sheep in one direction, you’re nearly there! You can use that to get the sheep away from the fence. Once there’s a gap between the fence and the sheep, you should be able to encourage the dog to go back the other way.
      Another good trick is to teach the dog to stop when it’s between the sheep and the fence. Then, if you do it correctly, you should be able to block the dog from continuing round the sheep in the way it was going, and send it back the other way. The dog should then begin to get the idea of going round the sheep both ways.
      If the dog can control the sheep in the open field (even though it’s going one way around the sheep) you should move on to “Backwards is the way forward“. If you use this correctly, you can move around the sheep in the direction the dog doesn’t want to go in, and is should go the way you want it to. It must do, to balance the sheep to you. Be sure to watch “Backwards is the way forward” and “Get off the fence“.

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