The Handler’s Position
In control? or Out of control?!
Utilize the “POSITION OF CONTROL” and take your training to the next level
|Overview: Knowing where to position yourself in relation to the sheep and the dog (and what to do in that position) in order to train the sheepdog in the way you desire, is VITAL to becoming a good sheepdog (and livestock) handler and trainer. I call this position the “POSITION OF CONTROL” or the “POSITION OF INFLUENCE”.
If you are OUT OF POSITION, then no other sheepdog training methods or techniques will be effective!
If you are in the right position, then training becomes MUCH quicker and easier.
In this video, I explain EXACTLY where the “position of control” or “position of influence” is, how to GET yourself into that position, and then how to MAINTAIN that position with everything (sheep, dog, you) constantly moving and changing. If you are in the RIGHT POSITION, then everything else in your sheepdog training will work relatively easily. If you are not, then sheepdog training can seem almost impossible!
I also touch on some PRINCIPLES OF LIVESTOCK HANDLING, and why I don’t find descriptions such as “behind the eye”, “on the shoulder”, “on the hip”, etc., to be of much value, either when handling livestock or when training sheepdogs.
Running time: 45 minutes
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Most other videos and methods rely on us being in the correct position.
Secrets of the long line
How to use the long line for faster, more effective training
Overview: The long line has the potential to greatly speed up certain aspects of sheepdog training (particularly with certain dogs), and to prevent bad habits from occurring. However, it will only be of help if USED PROPERLY.
Many people attempt to use the long line, but unless they understand the secrets of its use, then it’s just about a waste of time.
In this video, I explain the biggest secret to using the long line, and also various other tips of getting the most out of this useful training tool.
Running time: 12 minutes
Commands for success!
Could the commands you use be sabotaging your sheepdog training success?!
Overview: Could the commands you use be sabotaging your sheepdog training success? For most people, they are!
In this video, I explain why something as seemingly simply as the commands you use, can actually be making your sheepdog training much slower, and far more difficult, than it needs to be. And ultimately it can also be limiting the results you will achieve. Why handicap yourself, and your dog, with less than ideal commands?
I give you two simple rules, and one useful exercise, to evaluate your existing commanding system, and a suggestion on how to fix the problem quickly and easily.
Running time: 9 minutes
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