Our Sheep Mover, meet the farm dog. Herding sheep is such a game, and not a very fun one either. Will they go straight into their pasture this time? Will they go where they should, or make you chase them for a couple hours? Which one will it be today!? Sadly, I have chased them around more times than I want to count.
We loved having them graze our front yard that was full of weeds. It’s not fenced so we would just walk them up there every day for an hour or so and watch them. I could grab the collars of my two goats, and the two sheep would follow. It worked really well until we brought Jewel home, and one of our ewes had twin lambs. Then we had two goats, three ewes, and two lambs. The flerd (flock/herd because we have goats AND sheep) was then too big to move by myself. Jewel is also very skittish, and she runs if we flinch. I think her flight zone is 20 ft, I hope I never have to catch her. So it turned into 1 hour in the yard, and then 1 hour chasing them back into the pasture. No thanks.
We need a Farm Dog
To herd. Once we have our back pastures fenced, we will set up pasture rotation. We will be moving the sheep weekly to a new pasture. I would be thrilled to move them with some help!
To protect. We will be getting a ram this Summer, and I want someone to have my back when I go in the pen with him. He is not a livestock guardian dog, but I expect him to bark which does scare off predators. He should chase off hawks to protect our chickens too.
To be a good pet for my kids. Going on walks, playing fetch, splashing in the water together. Such great memories are made with a loyal four-legged friend.
Meet out puppy, Rye Guy. He is going to be a great family and farm dog.
Isn’t he so cute? We expect great things of you Rye!