This week's lesson:
- Get sheep!
Here's an excerpt:
As long as I've had Star he has been very keen and brave towards sheep, so I put a long line on him to make sure he didn't hurt my freshly shorn, tender-skinned ewes. It wasn't necessary and I took it off almost immediately. I have never formally introduced him to stock, but he's had access to them through the fence all of his life, so while I left the other dogs kenneled, I took Star to the little field and let him have a look from outside the round pen with the sheep inside. He was absolutely enthralled and left no doubt that he was ready to start. As I led him into the pen, there was no hesitation on his part and he started going away-to-me to balance. That's when I removed the long line as it was apparent he was going to fetch sheep, not eat them. After that it was easy.
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