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Had a bit of an issue with my lurcher over the weekend.  Has been trained and absolutely trust worthy around sheep until Saturday, hopped over a fence into a field to see what was about.  There were two sheep on their own, I didn't give it much thought as he is so good around them.  Then they ran across the field, again didn't think much of it, until out of know where he went for them, I shouted at him and ended up pulling him off one of them.  Luckily I got there before any real damage was done, he had just pulled it over, hadn't gone for the kill yet.

Is he forever untrustworthy now, I'm gutted as I did a lot of work with stock training. 

Its shite as I never used to need to worry but all of a sudden he has lost all my trust around live stock

 

Any tips for re-training him, he is 2yrs old but still a bit of a goofy pup at times. collie/deer/beddy/grey type mix, 27inchs and nearly 70lbs so not a small dog

 

Cheers

 

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Anyone who says they have never had a hunting dog have a funny moment of some kind with sheep is probably telling porkies. Having a dog which isn’t at all stock broken, may work for some folk, bu

Yes, time moves on, and at this juncture, I reckon we have reached a pinnacle as regards getting what we want, from the Wild Canids.. Our Sheepdogs are superb, our racing and coursing dogs are amazing

My dogs bushing around sheep happens daily ,and Id admit that at one time or another, each pup has at some stage thought to add sheep/lambs to their  hit list .I expect it .I own my own sheep and norm

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On the upside you've got all summer now. I would get him around sheep as much as possible (at least once a week, preferably more). On a long line at first then maybe an e-collar. I'd use the e-collar on a low setting just to keep in touch so he never thinks you're far enough away to ignore.

I've heard it said that if that doesn't work you should turn the collar up to 10, wait 'til he's right up the arse of a sheep and let him have it. 🙂

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I hope you gave him a bit of a slap afterwards. You say you have him stock trained, you don’t. You need to get the dog out and see sheep as much as possible, in every situation. Seeing them standing in a field is not enough. When training dogs should see them running away from them too.  As they think it’s “on” when it’s a moving object. Plus they smell lovely to dogs too. There are some breeds that are very hard to stock train, more towards the terriers. 

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wrong. get the bugger amongst sheep and other livestock, as soon as my pups were able go out in the field, straight away introduced to livestock , as soon as the pup clocked em, a sharp tug on the lead with a firm word NO,  you cant avoid sheep fields we a working do, as for tuther poster, no godd giving ya dog a slap afterwards, gotta  catch  the bugger doing it 

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Considering the dog had to be pulled of the sheep, I’m sure a firm hand would have been more than appropriate regarding to (timing) of the telling off. 

11 minutes ago, iworkwhippets said:

wrong. get the bugger amongst sheep and other livestock, as soon as my pups were able go out in the field, straight away introduced to livestock , as soon as the pup clocked em, a sharp tug on the lead with a firm word NO,  you cant avoid sheep fields we a working do, as for tuther poster, no godd giving ya dog a slap afterwards, gotta  catch  the bugger doing it 

 

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1 hour ago, Smashing reds said:

Training collar should do the trick, let him out to the sheep if runs after the sheep wait until he's up behind them and stick him to the ground with the collar 👍

Maybe maybe not

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