Foundation

In part 2, Jake is 11 months old and we detail the next steps in his training including teaching flanks, starting to drive and starting to shed. This video provides analysis of what we’re doing and why, observations on his working method, as well as explanations of our training techniques.
In this video we chronicle Geri Abram’s Chip from his 8th time on sheep through the development of his outrun, the start of driving and his first time coming through sheep at the shed.
Ted is 11 months old, by Serge Vander Zweep’s Gary and out of Scot MaCauley’s Flo. He doesn’t have much eye and is quite direct, a nice combination.
Jake is 10 months old, by Ricky Hutchison's Jock and out of Tierney Graham's Silt. Even though he doesn’t have a lot of style, he has a quite a bit of eye and is very precocious.
We employ the use of distraction, rather than correction, when starting our young dogs to help our dogs become the best sheepdog they can be! This article and video explain why it’s so important to be conscience of unintended consequences when starting your young dog.
Alasdair demonstrates an exercise for teaching flanks and introducing structure to your young dog.
Balance point, the fuel that makes the engine run. 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!
The lie down - how it helps you, help your dog at every stage.
A detailed illustration of how to teach the "Lie Down" command off sheep with our 4 step formula, and an example of how to transfer it to sheep.
An analysis and comparison when introducing the "lie down" on sheep, with Moss and Niamh.
A good, reliable “Lie down” when you need it, is invaluable. Yet, handlers, competitors and clinicians alike, will often minimize, criticize or otherwise find fault with it. Let’s look at the real story of a good “Lie Down”.
It is especially important to have good working sheep to ensure a good foundation for your young dog.