Trialing Tips and Judging

 

It’s important to us that our dogs are confident and positive in their work, while being very effective at competition.
Furthering your understanding of judging, will further your effectiveness at the trials.

Videos and Articles

Alasdair judges and analyzes 3 drives at the NC State Championship
2 full length International Sheds from the Bluegrass with analysis, judging & discussion. It reveals key insights into strategy as well as point deductions and rules of the shed.
Whatever level you trial, these tips will improve performance!
Alasdair judges and analyzes Patricia’s run with Jim at the NC State Championships.
Alasdair analyzes the running styles, point deduction, sheep reading and effectiveness of 4 fetches. This video helps to not only understand the content presented, but how to evaluate your own running style and effectiveness.
Alasdair judges and analyzes Patricia’s run with Nell at the NC State Championship.
An in depth analysis of how handling one aspect on the fetch can profoundly impact your dog's overall enthusiasm of work and performance at the trials.
Using teaching software, we analyze 3 critical aspects of Jim's single at the Steve Munson Memorial SDT 2017.
Alasdair analyzes his and Bill's winning run from the Blue Grass Classic Double Lift International Shed Final.
This Article + Video explain what the 5 P's are and Alasdair addresses this concept with Dot.
This video includes their full runs for these 18 month old dogs, including analysis of their performance as well as next steps in their training.
Jim illustrates a 90 degree bend on his outrun.
Alasdair discusses and explains why the 10 points for the lift are important. He also details how to evaluate this phase of work and why it should not be regarded by handlers or judges as, “just a gimme” .
Six ImportantTraining tips for practicing the International Shed.
Alasdair discusses why being a “hard judge” reveals a lack of confidence, and how critical it is to have a balanced judging system as well as examples of what this means and anecdotes from his time judging in Scotland.
In this video, Alasdair analyzes, judges, and reflects on his and Tod’s pen, with savvy dog-broke sheep from the Happy Hollow Trial.
Four key tips to increase your dog's enthusiasm for the shed.
This video breaks down gather of Jim and Nell, assesses their individual running styles and addresses how you can adjust your style, to adapt for your dog.
How to practice fetching when your sheep won't stand at the top of the outrun.
This video includes their full runs, analysis of their performance and development, as well as next steps in their training.
Seven key tips to help you and your dog be a successful and effective set out team.
Alasdair judges and analyzes a dozen competition style sheds; an excellent and valuable tool for all competitors.
This video addresses whether you should watch your sheep or watch your dog, when training and trialing, including the turn at the post.
Putting a dog on his feet, without moving forward, is one of the little things that can make a huge difference in your training.
Working a single is an excellent and important way to evaluate your dog.
Four things to look for when working at hand -an analysis of Wisp’s flanks and shed.
Alasdair reflects and analyzes his pen and shed from the 2017 Cedar Stone SDT.
This video explains why it's very important to us that our dogs are successful at chores and trials.
The lie down - how it helps you, help your dog at every stage.
This video addresses whether you should watch your sheep or watch your dog, when training and trialing, including the turn at the post.