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MacRae Way: Starting Dogs- An Online training Course

Our flagship offering, MacRae Way: Starting Young Dogs, is available now.

This comprehensive course is designed to help you train your dog to become the very best sheepdog he or she can be! Following our methodology will increase your dog’s understanding, enthusiasm, confidence and provide you a foundation that will carry your dog all the way through the very highest level.

Through 4 hours of video footage, we show you seven young dogs and their progression in various stages of early training. We provide quantifiable exercises that you can replicate at home for a solid foundation. We present our training philosophy, emphasizing balance point and setting your young dog up to succeed. While the MacRae Way series offers courses on more advanced aspects of training, we believe the method of starting dogs and the early training is the key to your dog’s happiness and success. Because our foundation training makes complex training intuitive for the dogs, we reference our training system introducing in Starting Dogs in all additional courses; however, all courses are valuable independent of one another.

Starting Dogs is $199.00 USD for 6 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order Starting Dogs, click here to BUY NOW. 

Please Note:
All courses are delivered via live stream video and viewable 24/7 for the duration of the subscription. In addition to viewing on your computer our product does support HTML 5 playback on mobile operating systems such as iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, and Windows Phone. It is not available as DVD or as a download. This production would not have been possible without the collaboration of Kristi Oikawa and the advocacy of Geri Abrams. We are grateful for their contribution and thankful for the tremendous support from the sheepdog community on this project.

MacRae Way: The Outrun

  • Want to develop the outrun so your dog has enthusiasm, enjoyment and eagerly seeks the balance point?
  • Interested in 20 points for your dog’s outrun at the trials?
  • Want your dog’s outrun foundation to intuitively prepare them for blind turn backs & bends on the fly?
  • As an established trainer, do you want to understand how we enable naturally tight running dogs to develop into good outrunners?

Our training ‘system’ is a proven, structured and extremely successful method that develops the dog into all he or she can be. Following our method for teaching the outrun enables more consistent, confident, and enthusiastic outrunning dogs.

The Outrun outlines our method for instructing this phase of work which emphasizes balance point and NOT on pushing our dogs off of the sheep.  In this course, Alasdair and I train 5 dogs and detail how to encourage development of the outrun for the more natural dog while providing tools for dogs that need training to achieve an outrun.  We contrast both types of dogs in the arena with Nell and Rhys, and compare Joe to Hank in the field. We outline how our ‘training system’ is apparent from our dog’s first exposure to sheep and connect Starting Young Dogs to The Outrun. This module concludes with how and when to introduce a spotter in preparation for a young dog’s first sheepdog trial.

We believe dogs should be committed to going to balance point and outrunning before driving in earnest, and sequentially, The Outrun module follows Starting Young Dogs. Starting Young Dogs is our flagship offering and details our systematic training method with an emphasis on balance point.

This module provides effective tools for the novice and intermediate handler in addition to instruction expressly intended for the expert handler looking to widen an outrun and establish a foundation that encourages blind turn backs and enables ‘bends’ on the fly.

The Outrun is $69.00 USD for 4 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Outrun, click here to BUY NOW. 

MacRae Way: The Drive

  • Interested in making your dog a more confident and positive driver?
  • Looking for structured system that makes driving intuitive and includes: inside flanks, applying pressure, pushing, shaping flanks and exercises to improve precision with experienced dogs?
  • Want to learn how you can teach your dog to dictate the pace to the sheep rather than the sheep set the pace for your dog?
  • Do you need help addressing how to teach a flanky dog, a dog that wants to head sheep or a dog with little eye, how to drive?
  • Looking for a competitive edge at the Open level and exercises to enhance your proficiency?

Following our method for teaching the drive enables more effective and positive driving dogs.

Our training ‘system’ is a proven, structured and extremely successful method that develops the dog into all he or she can be. The Drive outlines our method for instructing this phase of work in explicit detail.

In this course, Alasdair and I train 7 dogs at different stages. The course instructs dogs at all levels, details our compartmentalized method and addresses common training challenges. Additionally, we identify best practices and provide exercises expressly for experienced trainers and dogs.

Established trainers will find many aspects of our approach to integrate into their own system for increased success.

The Drive is $99.00 USD for 4 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Drive, click here to BUY NOW. 

MacRae Way: The Shed

  • Interested in making your dog a more confident and skilled shedder?
  • Want your dog to enjoy and understand shedding?
  • Want to maximize your dog’s enthusiasm and effectiveness in the ring?
  • Looking for a competitive edge at the Open level and exercises to enhance your shedding proficiency?

Following our method for teaching the shed enables more positive, confident and skilled shedding dogs.

Our training ‘system’ is a proven, structured and extremely successful method that develops the dog into all he or she can be. The Shed outlines our method for instructing this phase of work in explicit detail, from our dog’s first exposure to the 2 stages of intermediate shedding, and ultimately, the Open level. In this course, Alasdair and I train 9 dogs at different stages. Additionally, Alasdair comprehensively discusses judging and actually critiques and judges a series of sheds with analysis and point deduction.

The course is designed to instruct a dog from start to finish at the shed; it allows keen hands at any level to learn best practices, and established trainers will find one or more aspects of our approach to integrate into their own system for increased success. All handlers judging or aspiring to judge can learn from Alasdair’s principals and standards for the shed.

The Shed is a comprehensive tool and a much more complete offering than the DVD ‘A Shedding Clinic with Alasdair’.

In this Course, Alasdair and I demonstrate beginning, intermediate & competition level shedding and illustrate our training system with 9 different dogs. We detail the steps for effectively setting up the shed, offer training points for practical work as wells the trials, and provide exercises to enhance your proficiency. We conclude with a series of singles and splits that Alasdair points and critiques, providing the viewer with judging insight and a comprehensive understanding of what is required to obtain a fully pointed shed consistently.

The Shed is $99 USD for 4 weeks  of access.

Your access to The Shed will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Shed, click here to BUY NOW.

MacRae Way: The Pen

  • Interested in making you and your dog more effective and successful at the pen?
  • Want to learn our principals of penning for young dogs as well as the bells and whistles we teach our open dogs?
  • Looking for a competitive edge at the trials and exercises to enhance your proficiency?
  • Interested in learning Alasdair’s standards for judging the pen and how to retain the maximum number of points?

In this course we explore the training of 9 dogs as we cover all aspects of the pen including exercises you can replicate at home, excerpts from training sessions, Alasdair’s thoughts on judging and much more!

Following our method for teaching the pen enables more effective and positive penning dogs. Our training ‘system’ is a proven, structured and extremely successful method that develops the dog into all he or she can be. The Pen outlines our method for instructing this phase of work in explicit detail.

The course instructs dogs at all levels, details our compartmentalized approach and addresses common training challenges. Additionally, we identify best practices and provide exercises expressly for experienced trainers and dogs. Established trainers will find many aspects of our approach to integrate into their own system for increased success.

The Pen is $49.00 USD for 4 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Penclick here to BUY NOW. 

MacRae Way: The TURNBACK

Interested in making your dog positive and enthusiastic on the Turnback?

Want your dog to understand and enjoy Turning back?

Want to provide a foundation for your dog that instills confidence and desire when Turning back?

In this Course we explore the initial stages of instructing the Turnback with multiple dogs and explain how we build on that foundation to develop our dogs into experts at turning back.

We highlight the significance of making the Turnback enjoyable and fun for our dogs and provide handlers with a training system that is intuitive and extremely effective for all types of dogs.

The Turnback is $149.00 USD for 4 weeks of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order The Turnbackclick here to BUY NOW. 

MacRae Way: A Conversation About ‘Power’ with Alasdair MacRae

Ever wanted to have a chat about Power with one of the sheepdog greats? NOW YOU CAN!

Power is an elusive, coveted, ambiguous, intangible, great and often misunderstood quality.  In this nearly 20 minute conversation Alasdair provides some of his thoughts on what power is, dogs he has known with this tremendous attribute and anecdotes from his days on the hill in Scotland.

This insightful, revealing and entertaining special presentation is available for just $16.99 with 1 week of access.

Your access will begin immediately upon ordering. To order What is Powerclick here to buy now.

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