Part 1: Contain the action! A training ring makes sheepdog training easier.
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The training ring can make training your dog smoother and quicker.
Starting a dog on sheep in an open field is not ideal.
Watch the same dog inside the training ring.
Not ideal for prolonged training.
The correct size of a ring is important.
Modifying and improving the training ring.
The training ring’s not just for basic training.
The secret of sheepdog training.
Contain the action
One of the most useful assets that help us to train a sheepdog is the sheepdog training ring. It’s very much more versatile than you might think. A simple but properly constructed training ring, will make the early stages of training your dog so much easier.
Trainee sheepdogs tend to chase the sheep, who (very wisely) run away. Both dog and sheep can run much faster than sheepdog trainers, so this means the ‘action’ is happening too far away for us to keep the situation under control. The farther away you are from your trainee sheepdog, the less control you have over it, so we contain the action in a training ring during the early stages of starting a dog on sheep.
A correctly sized training ring is simple to make, and will transform the early stages of sheepdog training.