Trialing Analysis, Tips and Judging


It’s important to us that our dogs are confident and positive in their work, while being very effective at competition.
Furthering your understanding of judging, will further your effectiveness at the trials.

Videos and Articles

We imported Ronnie 3 months ago and this is his 1st trip away from home with Alasdair running in Open Ranch.
Tweed's International Shed in 2022, his 3rd National Championship win
This super effective driving exercise is designed to prepare for trials and intended for nursery-open level dogs.
a detailed analysis of the shed and pen in their winning run
This video details a highly effective cone exercise to improve and develop your ability to read sheep
Alasdair judges and analyzes 3 drives at the NC State Championship
Alasdair analyzes and narrates strategy and performance of his and Tweed's winning DL run
Analysis and judging of this important component of trials
Alasdair analyzes the running styles, point deduction, sheep reading and effectiveness of 4 fetches.
Alasdair takes you inside his thought process during his winning run at the Bluegrass
2 full length International Sheds from the Bluegrass with analysis, judging & discussion. It reveals key insights into strategy as well as point deductions and rules of the shed.
An in depth analysis of how handling one aspect on the fetch can profoundly impact your dog's overall enthusiasm of work and performance at the trials.
Whatever level you trial, these tips will improve performance!
Alasdair judges and analyzes Patricia’s run with Jim at the NC State Championships.
Alasdair judges and analyzes Patricia’s run with Nell at the NC State Championship.
This video breaks down gather of Jim and Nell, assesses their individual running styles and addresses how you can adjust your style, to adapt for your dog.
Using teaching software, we analyze 3 critical aspects of Jim's single at the Steve Munson Memorial SDT.
This Article + Video explain what the 5 P's are and Alasdair addresses this concept with Dot.
This video includes their full runs for these 18 month old dogs, including analysis of their performance as well as next steps in their training.
Jim illustrates a 90 degree bend on his outrun.
Alasdair discusses and explains why the 10 points for the lift are important.
7 Important tips for practicing the International Shed.
Alasdair judges and analyzes a dozen competition style sheds; an excellent and valuable tool for all competitors.
In this video, Alasdair analyzes, judges, and reflects on his and Tod’s pen, with savvy dog-broke sheep from the Happy Hollow Trial.
Alasdair discusses why being a “hard judge” reveals a lack of confidence, and how critical it is to have a balanced judging system as well as examples of what this means and anecdotes from his time judging in Scotland.
How to practice fetching when your sheep won't stand at the top of the outrun.
Seven key tips to help you and your dog be a successful and effective set out team.
Putting a dog on his feet, without moving forward, is one of the little things that can make a huge difference in your training.
Four key tips to increase your dog's enthusiasm for the shed.
Working a single is an excellent and important way to evaluate your dog.
Four things to look for when working at hand -an analysis of Wisp’s flanks and shed.
Alasdair reflects and analyzes his pen and shed from the 2017 Cedar Stone SDT.
This video explains why it's very important to us that our dogs are successful at chores and trials.
The lie down - how it helps you, help your dog at every stage.
This video addresses whether you should watch your sheep or watch your dog, when training and trialing, including the turn at the post.