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True BYH Addict
- Aug 27, 2022
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- Southern CA
Awe, Thank you ❤️ . Yeah - we each do what is right for us. For me the dogs got me into the sheep. It's what they DO. I was raised with a mindset if a dog is a _____ and they were bred to _________ then they should. Grew up with Vizslas and my parents hunted, the dogs never missed or lost a bird in the field - I know because I cleaned every stinkin' one of them! - good eats of course!I love that you take your sheep to graze with the dogs. It's not what I'd do, but I sure enjoy you and your dogs.
Here's a funny for you. Had some friends come over, their grown son was enchanted by "those red dogs" (has he never seen FAWN color?) and he approached the fence. He probably thought he was going to pet them. Well, THAT didn't happen. The Anatolians barked and growled and he backed off. We visited and he remarked that he had a way with animals and dogs liked him. He was plumb bumfuzzled that my dogs didn't like him.
I told him, "Those are GUARD dogs. Stick your hand in there and they will take your arm off." Then I explained to him where they originate and how for a thousand years they have protected the flocks from predators. So Mr. Dog Expert decided he would go out on the front porch to pet Carson, my big black Labrador/Great Dane cross. Carson backed away from him. Mr. Dog Expert walked towards Carson. This made him a threat and Carson stood his ground and barked at him. The dummy showed a glimmer of intelligence and came back in the house. He just couldn't understand that my dogs didn't like him.
So that's how I got into sheep - saw a Belgian Tervuren at a show, got one. Then "tried herding" (that was over 40 yrs ago ). I know A LOT of people who started like I did and now have ranches with lots of sheep. So that's why I take them out into areas that are not particularly fenced or fenced well. It's my own "rotational" grazing LOL. While I have a different breed than I started with ( though a "cousin breed") it's still the same.
I'm learning so much from all of you who have come at this from another direction. Good Lordy I'd NEVER in a million years have thought to give them treats, to get them to eat from my hand. Things like that are not done by those who come at this from the competition herding dog world. Yeah - they follow us for hay and such, but it's a totally different picture.
Hoping that I will end up with a blend of both worlds.
Too funny Mr Dog Expert - had me laughing - so many think they know or are dog people - and they have no clue especially with dogs like ours. I'd love to meet yours someday (you too of course ) - I bet they'd like me - but it's on their terms in their time not mine if they do. Guardians of course have their own set of rules.
Ah - this morning's fog is lifting and my coffee cup is almost empty.
Keep up the good work on the knee @Baymule you'll be outside with the critters in no time.