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Flanks & Driving

I have promised my web genius, Tim, that I would produce a new blog each Friday. He is also making it possible for me to add video links so readers can SEE what I am describing. This should make this blog a GREAT teaching tool for all of you! Keep your eyes pealed on Fridays! […]

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THE “WALK UP” COMMAND

I have addressed how to train the flanks & stops. Now we turn to the other important command: “Walk up”. Think of this command as the Power Button. Remember, the flanks do NOT move sheep, just reposition the dog. When he is in the correct position, he should move into the flight zone (contact point) […]

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Stopping the Dog

I have been driveling on about the importance of a “flank” to move sheep appropriately. However, the other element necessary, just as important, is the “stop”. It’s not for the reason one would surmise. Stopping the dog does NOT stop sheep, especially if they have a draw to go to. The stop serves TWO purposes: […]

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FLANKS, FLANKS & MORE FLANKS

I have been droning on and on about the importance of the dog really knowing “right” vs “left” and the distance they should be from the sheep. Now I am adding “Squaring”. What are square flanks? Why important? The flank is not always a circle. It is a left or right turn THE DOG MAKES […]

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Pre-Trial and HT

Tomorrow we are hosting an AHBA herding trial, along w/ a JHD . This is similar to the PT course in AKC. I wish to take a moment and address how best to run these courses as I have seen many a wreck that was unnecessary. Proper approach to the sheep would have eliminated much […]

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Outrun training

Earlier I discussed the importance of “flanks” in your herding training. They should be wide enough to let the stock know the dog is there but not within the “flight zone” so that the dog can get into proper position to illicit movement desired. The end result of this is the “Outrun”. The outrun is […]

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New Reason for Herding

Interestingly, for the last several months I have been receiving emails, phone calls, etc. involving BEHAVIORAL issues w/ dogs. I have been expecting this for quite awhile. Thanks to internet and many publications about various dog breeds, people are doing research before getting a dog. This is a good thing. However, everybody wants a SMART […]

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DRILLING CLINIC

Since I use this blog to illustrate what I teach in my regular lessons, I thought I would give you all an update on the results of my “drilling lesson” a couple of weeks ago. After ONE week of 2 – 3 times schooling on their dogs, the results were amazing! I took several to […]

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NO FLAKY FLANKS

Soooo, I hope the importance of the flanks in your dog was branded into your brain from the last blog. However, what about your dog’s brain?? I am teaching a schooling lesson on Thursday to demonstrate HOW to train these flanks. It’s not enough that the dogs have a rudimentary understanding of clockwise/counterc.w. There has […]

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Handler Post Strategy

Let me introduce you to one of my BIGGEST PEEVES!! STUPID HANDLER POINT LOSSES. This occurs when the handler messes up something so incredibly EASY, that points are taken off their score. Where does this occur the most often? HANDLER POST! I can’t believe the number of competitors who act like they are wearing cement […]

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