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
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