Matt relaxes with his eight-month-old collie Bob by checking to see if his article had been edited correctly. © Sean Malyon
The best of friends… but there's a strict training regime to be followed! © Sean Malyon
Find out what your dog likes, and turn it to your advantage by using it as a reward. © Sean Malyon
Verbal communication and praise is very important for building a bond between you and your dog. © Sean Malyon
Matt and Bob practice commands at a distance. © Sean Malyon
A very light, long cord (just visible) means Matt can take control if necessary. © Sean Malyon
Collies are energetic, hardworking, intelligent and loyal. © Sean Malyon
Over the years, Matt has learned how important it is to give your dog enough time to learn. © Sean Malyon
Has Bob spotted something edible in the distance? © Sean Malyon
Matt and his wife Nicola aren't planning to get any more canine companions… for now. © Sean Malyon
About the gallery
Countryfile presenter Matt Baker has trained border collies since he was a lad. With a new puppy joining the family, he explains why he loves the breed and reveals his brilliant training tips in our March issue.
Why not submit your own photos of your dog in the countryside to our photo contest here.
Photos © Sean Malyon
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