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
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
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
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
PRO’s and CON’s of the 4 systems of arm signals
What is the best way to use arm signals, and the training stick?
Overview: In this video I discuss the FOUR WAYS arm signals can be used, and answer the question of which is the BEST METHOD of using the arms for training and for directing sheepdogs.
Don’t SELL YOURSELF SHORT by using a SUB-STANDARD system of arm signals (and sub-standard use of the training stick).
How we use our arms (and the training stick) when training our dogs, can make a HUGE DIFFERENCE to how quickly and smoothly training progresses. And how we use them when directing our sheepdogs at work (if we use arm signals at all) can greatly influence how effective they are.
Running time: 22 minutes
The “POINTING” system of arm signals
How to use the superior “pointing/guiding” system of arm signals for best results
Overview: A detailed video on how to use the superior “pointing/guiding” system of arm signals.
POINTING in the direction you want the sheepdog to go (as compared to CHASING or blocking the dog), was a much more popular method of arm signals in the past than it is today. It was used by some of the best sheepdog trainers, stockmen, and trial handlers, and for GOOD REASON.
This is the method of arm signals (and the way of using the arms in sheepdog training) that I believe is superior to the “chasing/blocking” system.
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
Commands as praise?
Why using commands as praise for themselves is simply POOR TRAINING
Overview: Over the years I have come across at least one quite well-known sheepdog trainer (and many pet trainers), who recommended using commands as praise. For example, if we sit our dog down, then instead of just saying “good dog”, these trainers recommend saying “good sit down”. In this video, I explain why this is simply BAD TRAINING and why it is a sign of a POOR TRAINER. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake!
Running time: 5 minutes