Rich1317 Posted December 9, 2013 Report Share Posted December 9, 2013 Hi everyone, I have been working with border collies that were mostly already trained for about 10 years. I own a goose control company now and 3 years ago trained my own pup on ducks. He came out pretty good for my first, some quarks but good enough that I bought another to train. This time though instead of just ducks in a 50' pen, I actually am going to be able to fence in an acre on my new property and get some sheep in March! My dog is 9 months old now that and pesters my other dogs be herding them constantly. I have access to 8 sheep that are 1.5 years old in a pasture near my house. They have never seen a dog before so I wanted to make sure they'd cooperate before bringing my pup (Millie) to see them. I took my best dog Joe over there the other day to see how they'd react. I bought Joe at 4 years of age and he was already an open class champ so he knows his thing. Joe is now 8 and has only worked geese the last 4 years. Well I took him to see the sheep and the sheep barely budged. Joe looked confused. I flanked him around and again the sheep really didn't move. This was my first time in this situation so I was as confused as the dog. He flanked, got to my 12, stopped and we all just stood there. I tried moving around etc but it was awful. I was surprised his interest was as low as it was but I think the sheep had a lot to do with it. When I actually got the sheep to move, then Joe picked up the pace but again, once the sheep grouped up, they just all stood their ground. The next day I took a quicker dog I have, glen, over there. Glen works fast so I figured that would stir things up. Like Joe, he was also a sheep herder before I converted him over. Same result, sheep could care less. At one point when I called Glen back to me, one of them started chasing him when his back was turned! Now my questions is, is this because these sheep weren't dog broke? We're my dogs just not aggressive/intense enough? Its hard to believe a former open class champ to be that disinterested. I thought for sure the sheep would go nuts as soon as the dog stepped onto the field. They are katahdin sheep and treated like pets, is this the reason? They are the same kind I was going to buy but I don't know now, the ones I just attempted to work would be useless to me. Any advice on getting the sheep to cooperate or what I should do? I really don't like Millie not having anything to at least try since shes almost 10 months, showing herding instinct but doesn't really get a chance to do anything yet. March seems forever away! Any input is much appreciated, thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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