Jumpin Boots Posted February 18, 2015 Report Share Posted February 18, 2015 Good Morning- So I'm looking for opinions on whether I'm handling this situation correctly or if I should be doing something else. In the past, if we had a sheep get singled off, we would go get rest of the group and bring them back to the vicinity of the single until it decided to join it's friends. I did this because I wasn't confident in our skills (mainly mine), but I am now feeling like we are working well enough together to deal with taking the single back to the group instead. Timber is very good about getting the single turned around and starts working with me to get it moving, but then he becomes concerned about rest of the group and wants to go to them instead. He begins scoping past the single until he can find the group and then any flank I give him is a big wide open flank, as if he's going to go gather the group, instead of the short flanks I'm asking for. What I have been doing is giving him a verbal correction, lying him down, talking to him until he 'see's' the close sheep again and than re-flanking or walking up. Typically after the 1st or 2nd time doing this he locks back in with the single and will work it for a few moments before he begins scoping again. A specific example, a few days ago we were bringing some sheep back from grazing in a back pasture. When they went through the gate they took off to head back to their main pasture (the rest of the sheep are in that direction as well). I'm trying to work on the sheep not taking off for their pastures, so I sent Timber ahead to stop the head sheep. As he passed the other 4, they pivoted back and headed back out to graze. He got the single stopped and turned back, but after pushing the single a few feet he started scoping for the other 4 which were now back to grazing. I walked up closer to where he and the single were and followed the steps above to help him work the single. Is this something that will improve as he gains experience and confidence? Is there something else I should be doing to guide him through this? Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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