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Sheepdog Training and Trials

Nij Vyas

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A Complete Guide for Border Collie Handlers and Enthusiasts

About The Book

This comprehensive book describes innovative ways of training sheepdogs and addresses a number of subjects that have not been adequately covered in previous publications; such as working with sensitive dogs and dogs lacking in confidence, the 'square movement', and the 'concept of opposites'. Written by an acknowledged expert, Sheep Dog Training and Trials discusses in a variety of settings new concepts such as the author's theory of 'passive resistance' and the 'pressure on-off technique'. In addition, the author considers ways of optimizing a dog's health, energy, fitness and peak performance.

This fascinating book presents contributions from four world-renowned handlers, including the twice world champion, Aled Owen, which examine the factors that have influenced them and made them successful.

"Nij has produced this fine book, which combines personal experiences with skilful guidelines for anyone wishing to be trained on how to train sheepdogs ... it is one of the most entertaining and revealing books about a rural skill that I have ever read." John Craven OBE, presenter of BBC Countryfile

Additional Information

Author Nij Vyas
Availability In Print
Dimensions 242 x 172mm (W x H)
Extent 208pp
ISBN 9781847971906
Publication date July 2010
Book Type Hardcover


  1. Whether to Buy or Breed Your Own Dogs
  2. Early Training
  3. The Dominance Debate
  4. The Passive Resistance Theory
  5. How Dogs Think
  6. The Importance of Scent to Dogs
  7. Working with Nervous or Sensitive Dogs
  8. General Obedience
  9. The 'Pressure On, Pressure Off' Technique
  10. Early Training with Sheep
  11. Broadening Your Dog's Experience
  12. Advanced Training for Trials and Framework
  13. Sheepdog Trials
  14. Health and Fitness

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