Herding Dog vs Sheep

Sheep challenging a herding dog

Carew demonstrates patience and determination when challenged by a stubborn sheep

Just under a week ago, we exchanged our well-chased sheep for some fresh ones. The new bunch of sheep comprises several breeds, including pure Welsh, speckle-faced, and mules. There are even two black sheep in there!

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Some of the newcomers can be surprisingly stubborn when they want to be. This is a short video of the confrontation between Carew and one of the Welsh sheep yesterday morning. The sheep found herself separated from the rest of the flock which had all gone into the pen but instead of trotting in there to join them, she decided to challenge Carew.

Regular readers of our blog won’t need telling who won, but the video is amusing. Notice how patient Carew is, but at the same time, she keeps coming on very slowly, showing the sheep that she’s no pushover when it comes to herding sheep.

Note also that I’m encouraging and gently commanding Carew all the time – giving her lots of reassurance. This helps to build a dog’s confidence.

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