ClickMeBC Posted August 4, 2007 Report Share Posted August 4, 2007 I posted a while back questioning whether allowing a dog to "herd" a soccer ball was so wise an idea. When I was advised against it, I completely stopped kicking balls around for him to stare at, wear, and walk up on, and he'd only been doing it for a week or two then. He's only six months old, but he's obsessed with the ball. I'm frustrated with myself for ever allowing this to happen, but it was for so short a time that we actually did it. I'm doing my best to keep all soccer balls, basket balls and kickballs out of sight to discourage the behavior. We will play an occasional game of fetch with a Tennis ball, but that's different as he doesn't display herding behaviors with the tennis ball. I'm unsure as to when one starts a dog on sheep(I've heard everything from puppyhood to six months to a year), and we have a small flock of eight. Quynn shows no interest in them other than the occasional chase, though he hasn't had a great deal of exposure. I'm not too worried, as I've heard of dogs whose true insinct didn't emerge until they were over a year old(or more), but I'm wondering whether he'll show interest in the sheep over the ball, or is it set? What behaviors do you expect out of a six month old puppy towards sheep? Perhaps you expect nothing - I'm only inquiring because of the huge variety of opinions on when to start a dog. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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