Over-commanded robots, or purposeful partners?
My philosophy on sheepdog breeding, training and handling
Overview: In this video, I outline the philosophy that underpins all of my sheepdog breeding, training and handling.
If you want a high-quality natural working dog working in cooperative partnership with you at the highest level, this video outlines the three basic requirements.
Also discusses some aspects of sheepdog trials, and sheepdog trial judging.
Running time: 18 minutes
How to teach “Sit down” (lie down)
First step in teaching “sit down” away from sheep
Overview: In this video, I discuss and demonstrate one method of how to teach our pup to “sit down” (lie down) to command, AWAY from sheep (dry). (For teaching this ON sheep, see the episode “Introducing Sit Down”.)
Getting a great “sit down” (lie down) is one of the most important things we can do to help us train our sheepdogs (or cattle dogs) quickly and to a high standard. It allows us to prevent bad habits (something about to go wrong?! “Sit down!”) and also to establish good ones.
One key to good sheepdog training is to always train in a “controllable situation”. This starts with a smaller yard, quiet sheep etc., and then moves on from there. A good “sit down” gives us a controllable situation in bigger areas much sooner, and so allows our training to progress a lot faster.
In this episode, I demonstrate this with an older 11 month old pup in order to show the training when it is more difficult, so that you can get an idea of teaching it at its (almost) hardest.
Running time: 14 minutes
The “Reverse Counter-Balance” directions exercise
The “King” of the directional command exercises!
Overview: In this episode I explain in detail my “reverse counter-balance” directions exercise.
This is the “king” of the directional commands exercises: done well it gives us good, solid control of the directional commands, regardless of where we’re standing or what we’re doing, or where the sheep are standing or what they’re doing.
If you struggle to get your dog to obey the directional commands off balance, then this is the episode that will help fix it for you.
It builds on the four previous exercises – “Introducing the Directional Commands”, “The Neutral Stationary Directions”, “The Offset Stationary Directions” and the “Crossing behind Directions”.
Running time: 30 minutes
The ICEPIRP Process
The art and science of masterful sheepdog handling condensed into one invaluable process!
Overview: Shortcut your path to sheepdog training success: Learn in 30 minutes what takes most sheepdog trainers years to master (and many never do)!
Do you struggle with your working dog IGNORING you, or having to be told MULTIPLE TIMES to do EVERYTHING? Do you find sheepdog training slow and frustrating? Would you prefer that your dog did what it was told the FIRST TIME, quickly and easily? And that training was faster, easier, and more enjoyable, for both you and your dog?
This video by Tully Williams reveals A SIMPLE TO REMEMBER 9 WORD PHRASE, which when followed will revolutionize your handling!
So if you would like to shortcut your path to SHEEPDOG TRAINING SUCCESS, and learn in 30 MINUTES what takes most sheepdog trainers years to master (and many never do), then watch this video today and revolutionize your sheepdog training.
Running time: 25 minutes
“Stop there” – The standing stop – Part 1
Train your sheepdog to stop moving while remaining standing up
Overview: In this video learn how to teach your sheepdog the first stage of a quick, easy and definite “Stop There” command.
This tells the dog to stop moving, much like the “sit down” (lie down) command, but to remaining standing on it’s feet. In this episode I explain and demonstrate how to train this away from sheep, before then progressing onto sheep in the next episode.
This command is vital for precision work such as sheepdog trials and so on, but is also indispensable for high-quality stock work in general.
Running time: 11 minutes
Heel – The Sheepdog Way – Part 1 On Lead
Teach your sheepdog to stick to your heels like glue, wherever you go
Overview: In this video learn the 3 simple exercises to train your sheepdog to stick to your heels like glue wherever you go. This episode deals with the first stages of training this on lead.No more pulling on the lead, no more running around and making a nuisance of themselves and having to be constantly calling them back.
Once this is mastered, Part 2 will demonstrate how to transition to off lead.
Running time: 10 minutes
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