We explain why your sheepdog must go both ways round sheep. Make sure the dog will run around stock in both directions.
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The sheep dog must flank well in both directions
Why balanced flanks are important.
Sheepdog Carew demonstrating why your sheepdog must go both ways round sheep!
Balancing your dogs flanks correctly in order to improve its skill level.
Left or right-handed
Most humans are left or right-handed. Similarly the majority of herding dogs favour working in one direction over another. Flanking one way is simply a habit. Dogs can be trained to go either way round sheep.
Some sheep and cattle dog handlers don’t care whether their dog will run equally well around stock in both directions to gather the stock – as long as it brings them successfully. They should though. Sooner or later a dog which only goes left or right around cattle or sheep will come unstuck. There are times when the dog must go in one particular direction to successfully complete a task.
This video demonstrates the importance of training your dog to run around stock in both directions, such as the ‘Come bye‘ or ‘Away‘ direction, when it’s working sheep, cattle or other livestock. Your dog must run both ways around sheep. Watch the video to see why.