Outrun (Part 3) Slingshot



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Part three in our series of Outrun tutorials demonstrates how we use a simple technique we call "The Slingshot", to make the dog go out much wider on its outrun or when flanking the sheep.

"The Slingshot" is one of the most important and highly effective techniques we know of for quickly improving the dog's outrun.

If you're can get your dog's cooperation, it will absolutely love doing "Slingshot" outruns, and go out much wider.

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14 Replies to “Outrun (Part 3) Slingshot”

  1. Hi I am finding your tutorials really helpful. We have a problem with the initial outrun where my young dog doesn’t go right round to 12 o clock. She stops early so doesn’t cover all the sheep which then run off. I then send her the other way and she gathers them all up nicely. She seems to lack confidence on the first attempt. Have you any advice on how to deal with this? Thanks for your help.
    Rosemary

    1. The problem you describe is very common, and fortunately, it’s not difficult to put right.

      PROBLEM: The dog fails to reach the point of balance (behind the sheep).
      SOLUTION: If your dog is going out as though it will do a proper outrun (rather than running straight at the sheep) but then the dog stops before it reaches a point behind the sheep from where it can control them (the point of balance) it means the dog is lacking confidence.

      This often happens only when you send the dog in a certain direction. For example, the dog might do perfectly adequate outruns in the clockwise direction, but when you send it anti-clockwise, it cuts in and splits the sheep, or stops before it reaches the “point of balance”. This is because it’s more confident working in that direction. In this case you are sending it too far in the direction that it’s stopping early, and you should shorten the outrun in that direction.

      Remember: The closer you are to the dog, the more confidence it will have, and the more control you will have over the dog.

      Shorten the outrun to a distance where the dog will complete the outrun properly, then increase the distance very gradually. If the dog stops early again, you’re trying to progress more quickly than the dog’s confidence will allow. Reduce the distance of the outrun, and only increase it very gradually as the dog’s confidence grows.
      If the dog is better in one direction than the other, work on the worst side more often, to balance the dog’s ’sides’ up.
      Thanks also for the feedback on the tutorials. It’s good to know you find them useful.

  2. hi again
    I find the tutorials outrun 1,2,3 excelent. I think it´s very smart with the subtitles. They give you a chans to think and remember and compere with your own train ing, i´s very clever done.
    Thankyou for these smart tutorials.
    Per

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