Basic Training—GORDIE'S WAY with Gordon McMaster OAM

Pup Selection: Use a Reputable, Well Established Breeder, a dog with Good Genetic Attributes, Job Suitability and Temperament.

Let's look at some photos to help make this a little easier:

Stop and Look

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Going to point of Balance

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Lift off Fence

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Keep Distance

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Balancing to Head

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Going to the Back

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Putting Dog to Head

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The Training Yard

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MY DOG COMMANDS - WITH VOICE CONTROL
USE YOUR HANDS TO GIVE COMMANDS & DIRECTIVES WITH A WIDE PLASTIC RAKE. IF YOU CAN WHISTLE PROPERLY, COUPLE YOUR COMMANDS WITH A WHISTLE
Remembering—BONDING+SELF CONTROL, BONDING+SELF CONTROL

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
1 COME TO YOU-DIRECTLY 2 STOP-ON FOUR FEET 3 BACK-ANTI CLOCKWISE 4 HERE- CLOCKWISE 5 OUT-WHEN CASTING 6 SPEAK-TO BARK (TEACH ON CHAIN BY CLAPPING HANDS) 7 WALK UP-TO FORCE SHEEP 8 STEADY-SLOW DOWN S-T-E-A-D-Y 9 UP-RIGHT UP ON BACKS/ALONG RACE 10 LOOK-CATCH DOGS ATTENTION FOR SHEEPS DIRECTION
**GOOD BOY/GIRL-ALWAYS PRAISE YOUR DOG FOR CORRECT WORK**
SELF CONTROL AND BONDING I CANNOT EMPHASISE THE WORDS SELF CONTROL AND BONDING ENOUGH.

It's been my experience that potentially very good pups have been ruined by inexperienced handlers, bad temper, lack of bonding and lack of opportunity with stock.

THE BEST AND CHEAPEST INVESTMENT ON YOUR PROPERTY IS A WYREEMA SHEEPDOG.

One good dog can replace at least three men.

OVER CHASTISING A PUP WHEN STARTING WILL PUT IT'S PROGRESS BACK BY A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME. REMEMBER THE ART OF TRAINING IS CONTINUAL BONDING, WORKING LITTLE AND OFTEN IN THE COOL OF THE DAY.

1 MAINTAIN BONDING MAINTAIN BONDING 2 COME - (Call) Must come at all times 3 (STOP) The most important command-use hand 4 (Sides) Clockwise-Anticlockwise 5 (Walk up) With me, steady & controlled 6 (Keep off) Distance from stock 7 (Cast) Last-use fence 8 (Problems) Go back to basics 9 (Instinct) Develop-Bring Out its characteristics

**TIE UP YOUR DOG OR PUP WHEN YOU'RE NOT USING IT**

EXERCISES & ADVANCED TRAINING OF YOUR DOG
1 Balance 2 Fence walk (both ways) 3 Gap (fence) 4 Arc (fence) 5 Cover, hold & roll (fence)
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Circles 7 Pen 8 Off balance drives (fence) 9 Praise for good work

MOST IMPORTANT: ESSENTIALS
1 Yard-a mesh silo-8 mt diameter (dog proof) 2 Quiet Sheep (15-20) 3 Training stock
4 Consistent commands 5 Repetition-Repetition 6 Voice tone 7 Position 8 Control

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE SUGGESTIONS BELOW:

1. Wyreema Kelpies need affection, bonding and work. They will not tolerate harsh handling and lack of communication. The more opportunities you give your dog the better it will become.
2. After 4 months the pup should be handled and worked by only one person. Take it out of the pen or off the chain every day to run, relax and familiarise.
3. All pups differ in the age they start to work, so don't expect too much too soon. Early starting doesn't necessarily mean a better dog in the long run, and belting and bad tempered handling can only retard progress,
4. Try to work your young pup when you have sufficient time to control it without losing your temper, and allow it to do its own thing. This is very important and can make or break a young dog. Always try to work your pup with a minimum of other dogs.
5. If your dog lacks stamina and you have checked nutrition and parasites then have him checked by a vet for Heartworm.
6. Assess the potential of your pup for yard or paddock work and utilise these qualities to the fullest.
7. If you pup proves unsatisfactory, don't tell the world, tell the BREEDER, as it may be a communication breakdown.

All Wyreema Kelpies are fully guaranteed if you fulfil all the above

PLEASE READ THIS FULL PROGRAM A NUMBER OF TIMES TO FULLY DIGEST

**A copy of this information is available from the Down Loads Page**

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