Iâ€™ve read that when training a young dog itâ€™s useful to have some sheep which are comfortable with staying at the shepherdâ€™s feet. Our welsh mountain sheep are the opposite of this so Iâ€™ve penned six old ewes in the ‘gadlas’ (a small field used to monitor sick animals) and started to give them some dried food every morning. Hopefully theyâ€™ll get a little calmer near me and a little more used to having a dog in the field.
I’ve created a bit of a problem by using the ducks to train Del as she now stalks them almost continuously when I’m not around. I have to say, Will (the drake) doesn’t help as he seems to seek out Del and challenge her to a fight on occasion. If I rap on the window for example Del will sit obediently facing me but the duck will continue to peck away at the back of her head. I’m at a bit of a loss what to do.