Let their in­stinct work for you

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TRAIN­ING a work­ing dog takes time, per­sis­tence and ded­i­ca­tion.

But Nicky Lorimer said the best ad­vice she re­ceived about train­ing dogs was learn­ing to let go of the urge to make ev­ery com­mand.

“You have to let them work to their in­di­vid­ual strengths,” she said.

“It’s great to be able to place a dog where you want them on a mob, but you need to let them do some of the think­ing too.”

Well-known Aus­tralian horse­man, the late Gor­don McKin­lay, also gave Nicky some great tips.

“He was talk­ing in ref­er­ence to start­ing a young horse, how­ever his words al­ways come to mind when I am train­ing young dogs – he said, ‘it takes as long as it takes’.”

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