Bounce Posted March 18, 2005 Report Share Posted March 18, 2005 I have a new flock of Muskovy ducks. Young adults, not friendly and about dusk I noticed they were unwilling to go in the henhouse. They were milling around about 50ft from the henhouse. The ducks could walk on the surface of the snow but Bounce and I could only flounder about. With goats, Bounce always tried to grip the goats and make them stop. Now that we have sheep, Bounce will move behind them and push them forward and leap out and challenge anyone that tries to break formation. I sent Bounce out behind the ducks and he brought them towards me. If he moved forward too quickly, the chosen duck would fly away and we'd have to start over.He grasped this very quickly. We have alot of obstacles (trees, boat, camper...)and Bounce Understood the concept of "go Around" He'd bring the duck to me, close in to 6 feet, and then circle an obstacle to cut off the escape route. I got each unwilling duck picked up and put away. Any other dog in my house would have just run those ducks around. It was wonderful watching my dog doing the work his parents did before him. I have no idea how to "train" a sheepdog. Bounce just knows what I need him to do. I never got this kind of thrill from doing agility. Don't let the AKC, backyard breeders, whoever take this amazing talent out of these dogs.Its dawning on me how much I rely on Bounce (and Tex) to help me do the chores. I'm in awe, he's not just biddable, Bounce is a very smart dog. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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