Teaching a young dog outruns and flanks in the open field for the first time
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Watch a complete training session of a strong-willed dog.
How to set your dog up for an outrun.
If the dog crosses over on its outrun, it may drive the sheep further away.
Watch the ‘Outrun’ tutorials to learn more.
The dog stopped well back off the sheep, and flanks beautifully.
Walking back with the sheep, and keeping the dog in place, to make room for an outrun.
Walking through the sheep, and setting the dog up for an outrun.
Sending the dog on its outrun.
Calling the dog away from the sheep, to make room for an outrun.
The dog goes out nicely but comes in tight on the sheep.
Attempting to call the dog away again, but she runs back to the sheep.
Calling the dog away again, then using a ‘Slingshot’ technique to make her go out wider.
Find out more, in the ‘Outrun 3’ (Slingshot) tutorial
Keeping the dog flanking, but she still comes in tight.
Walking backwards with the dog bringing the sheep along behind.
Calling the dog away from the sheep, to do a slingshot in the ‘Away’ direction.
The slingshot didn’t work very well.
Walking through the sheep, and calling the dog away to set her up for another outrun.
Setting the dog up for an outrun, the ‘Wrong Way’!
Watch ‘The Outrun’ and ‘Sending The Dog The Wrong Way’ tutorials.
Calling the dog away again, but the sheep move off, and the dog goes after them!
Giving the impression of being in control, even when you’re not – control is restored!
Walking towards the dog to set up a ‘Wrong Way’ outrun, but getting too far off balance.
When the dog goes the right way, she goes really wide.
Watch ‘Sending The Dog The Wrong Way’ to widen your dog’s flanks.
The single worst aspect of this dog’s work, is coming in tight near the sheep.
Calling the dog away from the sheep, for another ‘Wrong Way’ outrun, to widen her out.
The dog hesitates, and then goes in the intended direction.
The dog’s flanking quite nicely, but coming in tighter.
Not just outruns and flanks
A brief introduction to driving.
The dog can’t resist the temptation to charge at the sheep.
Once again, the dog brings the sheep back, and then flanks beautifully.
A little more driving looks promising at first, but she can’t resist bringing them back!
That’s actually quite encouraging, for her second attempt at driving.
Watch the ‘Driving’ tutorials.
Our third attempt at driving. It’s normal for the dog to be confused.
Once again, Tess can’t resist bringing the sheep back. Not good, but normal.
Walking towards the sheep, and quietly encouraging the dog to walk, too.
Tess can stand it no more, and launches herself at the sheep again!
Giving normal commands when control is lost, and the dog gathers the sheep again.
Remarkably, Tess goes back and collect a few sheep that were left behind.
Setting the dog up for another outrun.
Sending the dog the ‘wrong way’ to widen her outrun.
The dog launches at the sheep, but the sharp correction works well.
There’s no point in bearing a grudge, when you’re training a dog.
The dog flanks too tight, but she didn’t split the sheep up!
Calling the dog towards the sheep. They run off and Tess launches into them.
Once again, a sharp correction works well – and the dog flanks beautifully again.
The dog’s far more likely to be calm if the handler appears relaxed, and in control.
Calling the dog away for a ‘right’ way outrun, chasing her out to widen her flanks.
Ending the lesson on a good note.
Teaching a young dog outruns and flanks
As well as learning specific sheepdog training topics, we like to show you complete training sessions. This helps keep the topics in context and gives the viewer a better understanding of the dog’s skill level when it undertakes various tasks.
In this session, Tess (who features in the popular tutorial ‘Starting a Strong Dog‘) has graduated to working outside the training ring. In this video, she’s learning to widen her flanks not cross over on her outrun or split the sheep up, to work more calmly around the sheep and come away from them more reliably. She also gets an introduction to driving.