Graham & Margaret Phillipson
Proprietors

 

Graham and Margaret Phillipson

21925 County Highway ZZ, Richland Center, WI 53581

Tel: (608) 647-7118

email: Littledalefarm@countryspeed.com

Stock Dog Training

Stage I - Working inside approx. 75 ft. diameter fenced circle with 3 to 5 sheep. Dog is to learn and know these commands:


  1. a.BACK - pushing dog back from stock onto its balance point)

  2. b.DOWN - dog should come to a complete halt or lie down)

  3. c.Dog should circle in either direction (using BACK command) and fix its balance point

  4. d.THAT'LL DO - Dog should come freely off stock (recall)


Stage II - Working dog inside a small fenced enclosure 1 to 3 acres with 5 or more sheep. Dog is to learn the following:


  1. a.Short outrun (approximately 20 yds.)

  2. b.Stop behind sheep (well back)

  3. c.Lift (slow, easy, yet powerful)

  4. d.Fetch (fetching sheep from point of lift to handler)


Stage III - Working dog inside a small fenced enclosure 1 to 3 acres. Dog is to learn to do the following:


  1. a.Side commands

    1. i.COME BYE - clockwise direction around sheep

    2. ii.AWAY TO ME - counter clockwise direction around sheep

  2. b.WALK UP - teach dog to move stock at an easy pace

  3. c.THERE - dog should stop and stand in position, keeping control

  4. d.Driving - teach dog to follow stock away from handler


Stage IV - Working dog in large open field with 5 or more sheep. Dog is to learn to do the following:


  1. a.Long pear-shaped outrun

  2. b.Steady, even lift

  3. c.Fetch

  4. d.Drive

  5. e.Pen - putting stock inside an 8' x 8' pen

  6. f.Shed- dividing or separating stock using dog.

BASIC TERMS

Outrun - The dog leaves your feet, either to your left or right, in a pear-shaped course to throw himself out around the stock without getting too close so as not to disturb them.

 

Lift -  At the end of the outrun, the act of starting the stock on the fetch.  The way your dog approaches should be a slow easy pace, testing your dogs power and balance.

 

Fetch - Bring the stock to the handler.


Drive - Move the stock away from the handler at a slow even pace.


Balance Point - The position of the dog at which he has control of the stock.

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