Widening the sheepdog pup out

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Overview: In this video I demonstrate my method of teaching the pup to “get out” to command, and to work a bit wider off its sheep.

Most handlers just tend to chase their dogs out wider in some fashion while yelling at them to “get out”. This is often not very effective. My method has important differences that mean the dog understands very quickly exactly what we want it to do, and is therefore far more effective and gets far better results, with minimal time and effort.

This also slows (and calms) everything down (dog, sheep, and handler!). It makes it much easier for the handler to maintain a position of control (see The Handler’s Position). This is particularly important with pups lacking the natural instincts of “width”, “square break” and “breakaway break”, but all dogs should be taught the “get out” command at some stage.

I also use this as the foundation for teaching the dog to cast.

Running time: 20 minutes

Suggested pre-requisites:

“Starting the pup on sheep (Part 1)”
“Starting the pup on sheep (Part 2)”

Related videos:

“How to use the “Pointing” system of arm signals”
“The handler’s position”
“Sheepdog training commands”

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