kelpiegirl Posted June 8, 2007 Report Share Posted June 8, 2007 As good as yesterday was, this was bad. Went to work the sheep today. I had Lucy lay down and sent her, but one ewe kept staring at her, and basically giving her the eye. She caused all the others to follow suit, and pretty soon I had a dog who was really hesitant about going around. She just hasn't experienced this before- and she is so young. She has had NO issues with the other sheep we work when they are in a corner, or along a fence. It was bad. I felt bad. I then called my stellarly wonderful trainer and headed up there to work his "normal" sheep. She was good- no problems. He said he would come down this weekend and work my sheep. Now, the thing is, these sheep were worked by aus sheps before, who generally have very little to no eye- and move a lot. When Lucy got ahead of me into the field, she stopped, eyeing them. This set the white sheep on edge. Then Lucy was hesitant going around, and that made it worse. Anyway, fast forward to tonight. I brought my other two dogs out there. ONe, a little show kelpie named Nikke who has no fear of sheep. She came running into (but not at the sheep) the pasture, and the sheep (ALL- even the white witch) got together and moved- as one unit. They were worried about her. She has NO eye. Then I got my trusty Kylie, who has saved my butt more than once in her life- she is a very very special dog. Now, she has no fear when it comes to ME, and something that MIGHT bother me. So, she went in, faster, and white witch was trained in on, and decided to go back to the flock, and not cause a problem- again both these dogs have no eye. Then I bring Lucy in who has seen all of this and was crazy to get in the pasture. I sent her around- the white witch did take notice and hesitate a bit, but I kept moving- and they stayed with me this time. She did grip one sheep- I think the white witch. Afer all of this, everyone moved just fine. What do you all make of this? I was SO upset after what happened this morning. She is young, and I don't want to screw her up. Julie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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