Hi, I have a small farm of couple of hundred acres. I have 2 working dogs a kelpie and a collie. Both were my first dogs as they came me at the same time 6 years ago. Both very different dogs to train but have turned out real handy. I now have a new pup at 13 1/2 weeks old. I would like to improve on my efforts. My sheep are pretty light to work and most evenings after the intense heat I move a flock of about 50 into a night paddock. I have been taking my young pup with me. She recalls well of them but really seems to enjoy moving with me behind them and has good distance as they are very light. She seems to be switching more and more onto them and is very confident, and the other day started moving out on the flank and balancing to me. We only do this for about 5 minutes until they are through the gate. I haven't started any formal work in an enclosed space. The sheep am going to use for training are 6-8 month ewe lams that I am holding back to go into my breeding flock so are small and have only been worked by my experienced dogs several times.
Do you think it is a good idea to allow her to do this move every night? I dont want any bad habits to form. When do most people start more formal training. I can remember but I think last time it was around 8 months old for my current dogs.