TEC Posted January 30, 2012 Report Share Posted January 30, 2012 Recently read a good sheepdog training book by Julie Simpson, “The Natural Way” (2003), Publisher: Bishop Wilton, York : WSN, 2003.Simpson is a British author, who trials, clinics, judges, farms, and in her younger years was a shepherdess. I like it for the detailed discussion of all trial skills and how to train them, as well as descriptions of training interesting farms tasks which may not be seen competitively. Numerous diagrams of maneuvers. She continually integrates little bits and pieces of advanced skills into beginning and intermediate dogs’ training, so that the dog has foundation already for new material she introduces.Simpson has an entire chapter on allowing the dog, from time to time, to work sheep in the way the dog deems appropriate, so that he/she does not become robotic/mechanical. Few commands. The exercise is done periodically after basic training is put on the dog, but soon in its development, as a sort of break in disciplined work. It’s used to maintain the dog’s instincts, and keep him/her thinking for itself.The natural way of training, according to Simpson, involves setting-up training scenarios for dog's/handler's success. Little, if any, after-the-fact correction. She has sections on problem solving, which generally involve moving back a few steps in training progression, to reinforce a previous skill.Lots of interesting anecdotes about farming, training and trialling. A practical book I recommend as a good read. -- Kind Regards, TEC Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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