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  • Masterclass Sheepdog Training Video

    The “Stationary Directions”

    Increase control of the directional (flanking) commands with the “neutral” and “offset” stationary directions exercises

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    Overview: After giving the pup a basic introduction to the directional commands (see Introducing the directional commands), it is time to begin increasing it’s understanding, and gaining more control of the directions.

    To do this, I utilize a number of different training exercises. These include:

    1. Introduce the directional commands
    2. The “Stationary directions” – Neutral
    3. The “Stational directions” – Offset
    4. “Crossing behind”
    5. “Reverse counter-balance”, and
    6. The “Overtaking directions”

    These exercises start to teach the pup to obey the spoken commands regardless of our position. Many handler’s dogs are only responding to their position and movement (or their use of the training stick or arm signal), rather than to the spoken (or whistled) command itself. It is vital (if we want a well-trained dog), that we train the pup to respond to the directional commands regardless of where we are standing or what we are doing.

    In this training video, I look at the next exercises in my method of training the directional commands which do exactly that – the “neutral” and “offset” stationary directions.

    Note: In this episode we also see how Campaspe Rust’s “sit down” has progressed since we last saw him in “Introducing “Sit down”“.

    Running time: 17 minutes

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