The videos and articles in this section feature insights into every aspect of training sheepdogs.
Videos and Articles
“The Channel”, our 3 Step Exercise that develops the 5 essentials for success at setting up the shed.
2 full length International Sheds from the Bluegrass with analysis, judging & discussion.
Ted is now 13 months old and we chronicle extending the outrun, teaching flanks, starting to driving and starting to shed.
This proven method for "reducing eye" has been especially effective for our own dogs including, my Max and Alasdair’s Tweed
“In and Out of the Dusty Blue Bells” is highly effective for improving your dogs overall precision, small flanks and off balance flanks.
The Pressure Path: An Exercise for teaching your dog to push and enjoy applying pressure to sheep [Video]
This exercise will help your dog to become more positive, confident and effective at pushing and applying pressure to sheep.
In part 2, Jake is 11 months old and we chronicle teaching flanks, starting to drive and starting to shed.
This exercise is designed to open or square flanks, as well as teach dogs to drive straight lines and then release, as you would at the trials.
This video details the first step of teaching the Drive, “The Follow”.
An in depth analysis of how handling one aspect on the fetch can profoundly impact your dog's enthusiasm,enjoyment of work and performance at the trials.
In part 1, we chronicle Ted's 5th time on sheep through the development of his outrun
Our proven 6-step formula to effectively and intuitively teach pace to your dog while keeping your dog positive and confident in his work.
In part 1, we chronicle his 2nd time on sheep through the development of his outrun.
This video chronicles Chip's 8th time on sheep through the development of his outrun, start of driving and his first time coming through at the shed.
An exercise for introducing flanks and structure to your young dog.
An analysis of Wisp’s flanks and shed.
We employ the use of distraction, rather than correction, when starting our young dogs.
Our 4-step formula to effectively and intuitively developing the outrun with your young dog.
This video teaches you how and where to move your dog to stop the ribboned or marked sheep and still encourage the plain ones to go.
It is especially important to have good working sheep to ensure a good foundation for your young dog.
An analysis and comparison with Moss and Niamh.
How to teach the "Lie Down" command off sheep with our 4 step formula, and how to transfer it to sheep.
Following Niamh, from just starting on sheep to a winning Nursery run.
Developing and encouraging the outrun properly is especially important.
Desire before discipline is an extremely important concept.
What working a single can tell you about YOUR dog.
How to practice fetching when your sheep won't stand well at the top of the field.
Jim illustrates a 90 degree bend on his outrun.
Important qualities that can be assessed when shifting ewes with lambs
The lie down - how it helps you, help your dog at every stage.
Four key tips to increase your dog's enthusiasm and confidence at the shed.
The more perfection that is demanded at the start of training, the more risk of detrimental consequences to your dog.
Balance point is the foundation of the MacRae Way System and the key to helping your dog become the very best sheepdog he or she can be!
A comprehensive chat with Alasdair on the principals of shedding, as well as how we introduce it to our young dogs.
Working a single is both an excellent and important way to evaluate your dog.
Alasdair analyzes a shed by Nell in slow motion.
Why introducing turnbacks when your dog is young will increase his enthusiasm and confidence.