TRAINING COURSE (see 2014 update)

November 2015 Saw the trial being held again.

 

The yearly fixture at Phillipolis showgrounds took place on the 1st  of November 2013

How pleasing it was to see the significant improvement in the Handlers and their dogs.        The sheep use were Merino lambs and it took good dogs working with finesse to gentle them around the course.    WELL DONE TO ALL THE HANDLERS.    FROM NOW ON THINGS WILL BE GETTING HOT!   Already  you  must score in the 80’s out of 90 to place in the top 5.  There were 13 handlers and 23 dogs who could attend this year.

IT IS HELD AT THE PHILIPPOLIS SHOWGROUNDS AND IS A LOVELY DAY OUT,  EVENT.  THERE IS SHADE COVERED  STANDS TO WATCH THE DOGS  AND WONDERFUL CATERING.    SO JOIN IN THIS LOVEY EVENT.  EITHER AS A COMPETITOR OR A SPECTATOR.

2 DAY TRAINING COURSE.    10 AND 11TH FEBRUARY 2012 AT PHILLIPOLIS SOUTHERN FREE STATE.

A very successful two day course was held on the Farm of DG Snyman Lynxfontein.    23 people attended the course with their dogs.    Some were first timers and others had attended other courses.  Those who had trained dogs by other methods found our way very easy to implement and the improvement in the dogs was intstant.

The feed back has been positive.   One comment was from someone who had attended another course and watched a DVD –  felt that he now had for the first time the confidence to start his dog with our method of starting of a young dog.

We certainly feel very strongly that a dog must be very relaxed when taken to sheep so that the learning process takes place all the time.   It must also be in the scope of an inexperienced handler to be able to cope with the dog and stock.

Even to retrain an older dog into better habits when working with sheep.

Some of the people who attended the course

With an arena trial coming up on the last weekend of October 2012 at the Phillipolis showgrounds we will see how much improvement there is with the dogs.

I have trained many dogs for stockmen in two to four weeks (the ones that take longer it is about the raising of the pup and some habits that have to be overcome that have developed on sheep).  These dogs can cast out about 50 meters, stop and  then take the side flanks, walk on at a steady pace, some even begin to start driving.  For my own benefit I have put whistles on these dogs to test the ablility of the dogs to learn and the learning process is remarkable.   They seldom make mistakes.    My stock is not harassed and I have a dog that has not learnt bad habits along the way.  I keep proving the method over and over again that it works and the  dogs are relaxed so they learn quickly.

FEB 2013.   HAVE JUST HAD A  NEW DOG IN THAT WAS SO CONFUSED HE WOULD WALK OUT TO HIS SHEEP.  THIS IS AFTER FOUR YEARS OF TRYING (TRAINING).    THIS DOG WORKED WELL AFTER TWO DAYS.   JUST ONE OF HIS OLD HABITS KICKS IN WHEN SHEEP RUN ( He bombs through them).    HIS CONFIDENCE HAS GROWN SO THAT HE CAN NOW TAKE CORRECTIONS.     THE DOGS BIGGEST DRAWBACK IS HOW HE IS HANDLED BY HIS OWNER.   DOGS CAN BE EASILY CHANGED….IT IS A LOT HARDER TO CHANGE THE HANDLERS.

NOVEMBER 2012

Trial at Phillipolis.   Many of the Handlers had improved their handling skills and as such their dogs have improved.

Dogs previously working on hand commands were on whistles and cast out much better to the sheep.   The result by being wider they made better contact with their sheep and the lift was better and the start of the bring was  much better.

There was also a new class.  Beginners to introduce first timers to the experience of working a dog in front of people and away from home.

The experience working your dog away from home gives you a whole new dimension on how the dog handles and your reactions.     People certainly grow by being exposed to the New Situation.

The dogs are limited by the Handlers lack of knowledge and experience.

We certainly hope to improve on this as one can pass on handling tips to the handlers and show them where there handling errors are.

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