Slow coming in on the shed
Posted 09 July 2011 - 10:43 AM
Posted 11 July 2011 - 10:13 AM
Posted 15 July 2011 - 04:35 AM
Get a breed that will stay light. Dorpers don't qualify there. Heavy meat breeds do not qualify--no suffolks, no dorsets, no katahdins. Hill type sheep are best, scottish blackface, cheviots, Barbadoes are a tad unrealistic but they can work.
Even if you have light sheep, avoid feeding them where you are the obvious provider. They can get too much like bottle lambs. Feed them no grain if you can get good enough hay. If you have to feed grain, arrange it so you set it out in one paddock and then let them into it from another, so they do not get the idea of rushing to you for food. That can worsen their clinging behaviour for shed work.
Set up your training circumstances to make your dog cheer rather than say "Oh no!"
Keep enough sheep to train shedding. Thirty or forty to get going. Ten just does not do it and certainly not with a reluctant shedder.
Making management adjustments can sort out some of the trouble you are describing. Giving purpose to taking away a shed group of sheep, like putting them in a barn , can help a dog make sense of it too. Do not just shed and put them immediately back together--take them somewhere. And never give a young dog hell for gripping at shed work. Often they have to work out what is reqired to get it done and serious castigations on the way there can discourage them. It is game on when training to shed
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