1sheepdoggal Posted October 23, 2007 Report Share Posted October 23, 2007 I have 3 pups, ranging in age from 14 months, 6 months and 7 months old. All are ready to start, ( in one way or another) but I am having my older dogs get a hand ful of my sheep pretty well dogged before I take the younger ones out on them. I've been working them ( the sheep) with the older dogs for about 2 weeks now and things seem to be falling into place. At least the sheep are coming to me instead of hugging the fence or running every which way when the dog comes on the field. In the process of getting these sheep gentler for the pups, I had been keeping the pups locked in their kennels while working the older dogs. The racket they made was so much, I could hardly hear myself think. I remembered some one once said, to let the pups watch the older dogs work, so the last few days, Ive been letting the pups out to run the fence line while I work the older dogs. ( Ive heard doing that is a no no, but havent heard as to yet why, so Im sure some one will enlighten me soon enough) All, are very much wanting to get in there and work, and I have been seeing some neat stuff happening when they are on the outside of the field. I am seeing them start to balance the sheep to me, even if it means running the length of or all the way around the feild. (This particular field is 2 fenced acres) Ive seen them starting to stop on balance, and creep up and lye down when about 15 feet off the sheep. I guess really, just a lot of what comes natural to them even being so young. But Im also seeing really great focus and drive to stay working. What Im wondering, is when folks say to allow young dogs to watch older dogs working.( and I do understand that means to tie them, or have some one hold them on a leash) What is the purpose? What do we wish to accomplish by doing this? Is it strictly to get a pup turned on? Or are we hoping that they will learn some thing, like monkey see monkey do? If Im gonna let them out there, I feel as if I should know what to look for, to encourage, discourage, ignore, and what are the ramifications of allowing them to do this in so far as possibly starting bad habits before they even get out onto the field. Darci Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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