Episode 1 – Basic Instinct
In this episode we will cover the basic instincts of a working dog, the most crucial lesson in farm dog training. Understanding why your dog wants to work, identifying natural instinct, the importance of the handlers position and utilising this instinct to practice in everyday work situations.
Episode 2 – Getting Started
In this episode we will make sure you’re physically fully equipped to train your working dog. A detailed guide to gathering all the training aids you will require and practical instructions on exactly how to use them. An essential lesson in getting the most out of your dog.
Episode 3 – Temperament & Leading
Now we’ll focus on different temperaments in dogs and how to identify them. We’ll also learn about applying pressure & relief in order to get the very best out of your individual dogs. Ian’s technique of teaching a dog to walk beside you is also included in thorough detail – an essential lesson in working dog training.
Episode 4 – Environment & Control OFF Stock
In this episode we will cover the importance of the environment in which our dogs live and how this plays a big part in having successful, happy working dogs. We address any issues that you might be experiencing and how to correct behavioural problems. We also cover the importance of having control of your dogs when there is no stock around. Basic control measures such as sit, stay and a call are explained and demonstrated in thorough detail.
Episode 5 – BALANCE Training Young Dogs on Stock and Health & Welfare
This episode is focused on training young dogs on livestock – how to start working with a young dog, introducing them to stock, using them in real work situations and encouraging and utilising their natural instinct. What not to do is also covered to ensure you give your dog the best possible chance to become a great work mate. How to care for our 4 legged little athletes is included in detail as well.
Episode 6 – Control ON Stock & Traits
Now we move onto having control of our dogs while there is livestock around – an extremely important factor to ensure a happy, stress free work environment. Getting our dogs to listen and be present even when their mind is on the job is taught and demonstrated in thorough detail. We also discuss the different traits our dogs can have and how to match these traits to suit our own individual enterprise.
Episode 7 – Doghouse Overview & Steering Commands
In this episode we revisit the Doghouse Training system and touch on everything we’ve learnt so far in order to refresh our memory and make sure us and our dogs are on track. A complete overview of the Doghouse. We also learn about steering commands and getting our dogs to work in certain directions when we need them to. Ian’s 4 steering commands and how to teach them to ourselves and our dogs is included in thorough detail.
Episode 8 – OFF Balance Training & Force
This episode sees us finally teaching our dogs to drive or drove stock away from us, instead of working with their natural herding instinct. A valuable tool to have in any livestock handling situation. We also learn how to teach our dogs to back sheep, bark on command and topknot. Teaching these forcing commands are explained and demonstrated in thorough detail.
Episode 9 – Distance & Paddock Work
In this, the final episode of Doghouse Training, we cover the all important distance commands. Teaching our dogs to give the stock more room and casting them out wider. Ian’s method of teaching dogs to walk backwards, which allows more distance while working stock, is also included. A guide to working out in big paddocks is also in this episode with some handy tips to allow a harmonious and enjoyable work place.