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Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we've been confined to working the dogs at Kings Green, so today's outing to Dean Farm was very welcome - and Dulcie didn't disappoint us!
On a glorious June morning, Dulcie gathered the sheep effortlessly. Her outrun has improved considerably since we last visited Dean Farm. Here, she's moving the flock towards the railway bridge on the way to the farm.
As the leading sheep come through the gate, Dulcie can just be seen in the background, making sure all the stragglers keep together with the main flock. In this situation, ewes will often try to lead their lambs away from the 'dangers' of a dog.
Once safely in the yard, Dulcie's next task was to push the sheep into the handling pens.
These sheep are challenging Dulcie. They don't want to go through the sorting race (off to the left) but Dulcie stands her ground and they quickly run through.
All in all, Dulcie's work showed a big improvement over previous visits to Dean Farm. She was doing big outruns (more than 300 metres) and listening to her commands much better than before.
She also held the sheep up to the race by herself when required. That's a great help.