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The Novice Dog
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Preparing A Novice Dog To Meet Livestock

8 Steps Intermediate

Masterclass Details

The LWDG is incredibly excited to bring to you the first Masterclass of 2021!

Guest Experts Gwen Johnson and Leanne Smith provide detailed training on how you can prepare and begin to introduce your dogs to livestock using positive reinforcement methods. 

The 5 in-depth videos and accompanying workbook will help you not only with preparing your dog for meeting livestock but is also worth watching for loads of great games you can play with your working dog. 

Editor Note: This is a wonderful masterclass and we hugely appreciate Gwen and Leanne getting together to record. At some points during this filming, a Flail Mower was running close to the building. Unfortunately, this was picked up by the video recorder far louder than it could be heard on the day.  We hope these moments of background noise are not too distracting for our members. 

 

 

Course Structure

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Background Theory

In this video you will learn:

  • The Predatory Sequence
  • Four pronged approaches to preparing your dog to work near livestock
  • The difference between self-control and imposed control
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Foundation Skills

In this video you will learn:

  • Skills to perfect away from livestock
  • Loose lead walking
  • Recall
  • Play
  • Choice games

 

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Training exercises for Foundation Skills

In this video you will learn:

  • Food Circuits
  • Mouse down the hole
  • Feed-in position
  • Pattern Games
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Training exercises for Foundation Skills (cont)

In this video you will learn:

  • It’s Yer Choice
  • Extreme It’s Yer Choice
  • The ‘Ready’ game
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Putting it all together with Livestock

In this video you will learn:

  • Calm Approach
  • The Pattern Game
  • Settling
  • The Ready Game near sheep
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Whiteboard Notes

These sheets support the videos above 

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