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  • #4017
    Patricia
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    #4026
    Lindsey Williams
    Participant

    Thanks for the video about filming your self working! I never thought about using the cones, great idea.

    #4034
    Patricia
    Keymaster

    Thanks Lindsey! Film review is such a great tool for self development, to assess what you’re really good at and where you need to strive to make improvements; we encourage all levels to use it. Have a great weekend!

    #4062
    Lindsey Williams
    Participant

    Hello Patricia,

    Doc and I are working on our inside flanks. I will make sure he knows his directional’s before we move forward with anymore driving.

    Which course would you recommend for us to purchase to teach inside flanks?
    The drive or starting young dogs?

    Thank you for you time!

    #4063
    Patricia
    Keymaster

    Hi Lindsey,
    Great to hear you and Doc are doing well! My first recommendation would be to watch on The Academy, The Secret to Inside Flanks Figure 8’s are a fantastic way to get dogs on their sides as long as yours is not too flanky naturally and you dont do it in excess.

    In the early stages we actually weave around the cones as seen here, Figure 8’s

    As our dogs advance, we do the exercise with 3 cones, 2 for the figure 8’s themselves, and a 3rd cone for us to stand, about 10 yards away (such that our dog is working in front of us).
    We extend that distance we stand away from our dog incrementally and when our dogs are fully trained we do the figure 8’s at 200-300 yards away. Here’s a super short clip of figure 8’s with Nite w me standing at 200 yards away.https://youtu.be/YR8f6lqWV2s

    For a young dog the progression is first we walk backwards around the cones, then we stand still in the center then we stand away approx 10 yards away from the cones for the 8’s, then we stand 15 yards away, etc.so you can adjust it for you and Doc. The Circle-A versatile and excellent driving exercise is also great for flanks, be sure to use verbal when you’re getting your dog on his sides.

    If you’d like a Course, Starting Dogs details how we teach we flanks with 9 dogs (we get our dogs 90% or greater on their sides before we start driving in earnest) and The Drive discusses when and how we start driving with 7 dogs.

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