the right sheep for the dog
Posted 07 January 2004 - 12:06 AM
I started out with 6 woolly lambs that had been dog broke, but at my place they were too heavy and stuck against the fence, butts out and heads in, refusing to budge. I brought home 3 barbs to lighten the mix and all hell broke loose. I never did get them to work somewhere in between stuck and wild, just had barb missiles coming at me from all directions. In my experience the woollies picked up all the bad habits of the barbs with none of the calming effect of woollies taking place.
What is the best way to maintain the sanity of your sheep when you only have one dog that is too intense? Obviously changing sheep helps, but only for a few days until they get "trained" to be the same as the last bunch.
Posted 07 January 2004 - 12:55 AM
Posted 07 January 2004 - 06:27 PM
It's like a self-fueled panic, one says to the other "look out Wolf!" and they pass it on, and run for their lives when in fact the "wolf" is not even chasing them! They will do this even if I am not in the same pasture. I have not let my dog abuse them on a regular basis, there have just been a few incidences of the dog ignoring my stop and blasting into the pen and stirring them up while I'm doing the feeding.
Posted 08 January 2004 - 01:01 AM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 10:19 PM
The pen they run to is the one I lock them in at night and feed them in, so it's their real security blanket.
Thanks for all your help! I'll let you know how it goes if I get some St. Croix.
Posted 09 January 2004 - 11:02 PM
Posted 13 January 2004 - 06:04 PM
Sorry, a little off topic here but..
Just an update on my intense dog, I haven't worked the sheep with her, but have turned up the heat again on obedience, and when a friend visited with another BC, I made mine stay in a down off leash while the friend kicked the soccer ball for her dog. This is a FAVORITE toy of my dog, and this control seems to have elevated me in her world. I am finding more control around the sheep now, and encouraged by that, am pushing the limits of what I ask her to do. Now I have graduated to making her stay at my side while I throw her ball, then telling her when to get it. I never thought this possible, she used to just blow me off, or refuse to retrieve, but now she's listening! Maybe this control away from sheep will rub off around them...I hope, I hope
Reply to this topic
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users