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Herding pressure

Where does the pressure on the dog come from in herding. The animals, trainer, environmental?

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I follow Ulf on FB. He does describe what is going on in the videos he puts up. I believe the pressure is mostly on the unknown...there isn't a 'given' to what is going to happen when it comes to tending or moving sheep.
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Yes but there are also things that are "common" that can cause pressure. Like some dogs feel pressure from the fence/gate and getting between the stock and the fence when the stock is on the fence.

I can also apply pressure to my dog by body position (or by placing the crook in a certain direction) to move a certain way around the sheep.

I am sure there are other common ones out there. Let's wait for WIbackpacker who explains hangs better than I can
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Wibackpacker has some good explanations on herding pressure in this thread.

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ressure-2.html
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I follow Ulf on FB. He does describe what is going on in the videos he puts up. I believe the pressure is mostly on the unknown...there isn't a 'given' to what is going to happen when it comes to tending or moving sheep.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/323459651003706/
The videos shared in that group with explanations are really great. The group is very on-topic but questions are always answered.

I agree with Mspiker, certain environmental elements just about always put pressure on a dog, plus the draw (desire) of the sheep. Sometimes the handler is supporting the dog, sometimes the handler is pressuring the dog. The link Nigel shared has a simple diagram with one very simple possible scenario.

There are some more good video clips on Double M's YouTube channel. Watch her body pressure, as she turns in toward the dog or steps at his shoulder (pressure), and how the dog adjusts. More pressure = pushes the dog out. Then watch her turn her shoulders so she is no longer squared off at the dog = takes pressure off. Some of the interaction between the handler and the dog is very subtle but if you watch closely you can see all of the communication (and it's not verbal).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLt...7c&mode=NORMAL
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