long post and also new to terrier work so please bear with me.
I have a new to be terrier bitch. had her a couple of months and she should be 13 months old according to the bloke she's from.
a friend of mine has been loosing lambs this week and asked if I wanted to try my bitch as it's a shallow place.
we got there and he said his lurcher was marking, all be it a bit half hearted but he was pretty confident that there was someone home.
collered her up and she went in fairly keen.
few mins later we would hear her baying at .6 so thaught we were on. moving slightly so assumed she was digging on a bit to get to it.
we were going to leave it 10 mins for her to settle before we started digging. next min mate shouts look up she's moving it might bolt with that she appeared and then went back. didn't hear anything more whilst she went through and when she came back out she wasn't keen to go back. no smell on her or marks.
not sure what to think. I'm disappointed because I thaught she was on and I was chuffed but then it's her first entry and all she has seen is a dead red one.
obviously I know not all dogs make it and I'm fine with doing the right thing if that's the case but at the same time I don't want to jump the gun and I want to give her a fair chance.
I was going to leave her the summer and chain her at a few beginning of the season but I thaught i would try her seeing it was such a shallow place.
one last thing is when we were leaving I cleared the hols of sticks and stuff and we found a dead lamb just inside the hole. didn't look dates so unsure if it was stuffed down there or if it was dragged there but mate said hopefully the lurcher wasn't smelling the lamb.
opinions wanted no matter how brutal.
thanks all and sorry again for the long post.