Jordi44 Posted November 26, 2002 Report Share Posted November 26, 2002 Help! I'll be the first to admit that Blaze doesn't have the training (on or off stock) that he should have - and it's my fault, but what do I do with sheep that flat out refuse to be worked? I'm down to about 15 brood ewes (some with lambs) that would rather eat a dog than look at it. Some stomp, some even charge (lambs or not), and as a group, I've seen a couple look up when he does an out-run, then go back to grazing. Doesn't matter how fast or slow, how close, or anything else that Blaze does, he can't budge them. If they do bolt, he can head them and stop them, but only if something gets them moving (occasionally, he manages to startle them into motion). He'll be 1-yr-old Dec. 5, so while I'd love to have stock-broke sheep, that just isn't possible (don't have any or have room/money for if I could find some). I also don't have an older dog, or know of anyone that has one that can come put some respect into these old girls. They move for me, but of course, he heads them when I come around to get them moving - and I fear what damage I'm doing when I push them past him to try to get them where I want. I don't correct him for heading them, but still cringe when I have to move them past him. If they're moving, he does help direct them once he figures out where I want them, but he doesn't want to bring them to me. I figure that's a combo of being young with un-cooperative sheep. I even tried sneaking out to put feed in for them tonight, then sent Blaze out for them as I called them in to eat. Would you believe not one of those bleepity-bleep sheep even looked my way? Changing sheep isn't an option (except in a few cases) because they're the reason I have a B.C. - I raise and show registered ewes, so I can't trade sheep to suit the dog. Anyone out there have a trained dog that needs a challenge? These are big, Rambouillet ewes that like to hold their ground and deserve to be taught a lesson. Thanks for any help, advice, or encouragement. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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