Alfreda Posted January 31, 2015 Report Share Posted January 31, 2015 Hi all- I was wondering if someone could clarify the term "inside flank" for me? Specifically, inside (or outside) of what reference point? An example in another thread describes: The handler is at 6 o'clock. The dog is at 3, facing (or moving towards) 12. The handler wants to dog to go towards 6. The directional command would be "come by." But to accomplish that the dog has to turn its body 180 degrees. It could do so by turning towards it's Right shoulder (outward) or turning (in) towards its left shoulder. (This is why I have to think clockwise and counter, verses left/right) I'm thinking that turning IN to the sheep would be the "inside" flank (?). If that's correct, maybe that's preferrable because then the dog doesn't take its eyes off the sheep? When and how are inside flanks trained? Do most dogs just naturally turn in when reversing direction? I'm not aware of any special command--It would just be "come by," right? But I wonder if there are ever times when a handler might want a dog to reverse direction by turning outward (to take pressure off maybe)? Am I totally confused? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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