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    yeah i thought of ducks and chickens but not enough space they might not herd the ball but i still think it will be a fun game i think finding some sheep might be well woth the time and enagy

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    They did a bit of the ball herding game at the dog training seminar (focus on agility) that I did last year. The BCs loved it. Actually all the agility dogs loved it.

    If my dog wasn't so interested in sniffing stuff in the creek I'd have had a go with her, despite the rain and mud.

    It's nothing like herding sheep (or ducks). It's more like shaping dog tricks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaer View Post
    Do chicken work just as well or not as good as ducks?

    Or are chicken just not herded in general? lol
    I havent worked with either but ducks seem to be the bird of choice, I dont think they use chickens. Possibly ducks have better flocking instincts and chickens tend to be scatter and run.

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    ok so what it all boiles down to is im best to find a farm where my bc can vent some of her herding skill if she has any what age do u start herding training ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shedeivl View Post
    ok so what it all boiles down to is im best to find a farm where my bc can vent some of her herding skill if she has any what age do u start herding training ?
    No a dog doesnt vent herding skill. I own sheep and I certainly would not let anyone bring a city dog out to harass my sheep just because they think the dog has herding skill. All my sheep are heavily pregnant at the moment except for my small flock of training whethers and many sheep are lambing at this time of year.

    You need to find someone with a round yard or small paddock that has dog broke training sheep. A dog really needs to be 9 months if you are a beginner.

    Initially you would start with short burst of a couple of minutes on sheep getting the dog to flank either way and to see if the dog balances naturally. to you. Last thing you want is panting, exhausted sheep. The dog preferably needs to have a stop or wait command. An experienced person can soon tell you if your dog has any initial ability or not.

    I would look around for someone who has a training setup with appropriate sheep or it will likely go pear shaped.

    A talented dog does not run or chase, it is all about calm control. The best dogs look like they are not working at all, they now exactly where the pressure point is on sheep. If my sheep stop I let my dog walk up. If they run I stop my dog, dog has to learn that you dont want sheep running. When I am training a good exercise is to draw a line in the dirt and have my sheep behind me and dog works quietly on that arc and if it crosses I lie him down and send him back out.
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    There's a herding club in SA that runs herding trials (competition) with ducks or sheep.

    They only allow "herding breeds" to participate though, which is ok for GSD but a bit sad for the poodles that enjoy it.

    And some of the people that run the competitions do training on their farms. My dog loved it. I'm not sure the sheep enjoyed themselves so much. I would go more often but it is a long way - costs a lot of fuel and that's been very expensive lately.

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    ok cool thanxfor all your help

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