The Stationary Directions (flanking) exercise

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Overview: After giving the pup a basic introduction to the directional commands (see Introducing the directional commands), it is time to begin increasing it’s understanding, and gaining more control of the directions.

To do this, I utilize a number of different exercises. These are:

  1. The “Stationary directions”
  2. “Crossing behind”
  3. “Reverse counter-balance”; and
  4. The “Overtaking directions”

These exercises start to teach the pup to obey the spoken commands regardless of our position. Many handler’s dogs are only responding to their position and movement (or their use of the training stick or arm signal), rather than to the spoken (or whistled) command itself. It is vital (if we want a well-trained dog), that we teach the pup to respond to the directional commands regardless of where we are standing or what we are doing.

In this training video, I look at the next exercises in my method of teaching the directional commands – the “neutral” and “offset” stationary directions.

Note: In this episode we also see how Campaspe Rust’s “sit down” has progressed since we last saw him in “Introducing “Sit down”.

Running time: 17 minutes

Suggested pre-requisites:

“Introducing the directional commands”
“Introducing “sit down””

Related videos:

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

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