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I'm totally in awe because everybody here seems to have such model dogs: well trained, jolly nice, gentle, sweet natured, relaxed, good with everybody including the pet mouse etc.etc. But hand on heart: Has anybody here had any real problems with the darker side of our dogs' nature? In particular I'm interested to hear from IS owners who have experienced sheep worrying or chasing livestock/wildlife... And if so what did you do about it?
The reason I'm asking is that Errol can be left alone with the cat, pet rabbits, chicken etc but cannot be taken anywhere near sheep! And with the Council now introducing sheep grazing into every public park and local nature reserve this has become a real problem...
Oh, god, my old Irish used to be a notorious sheep chaser & chicken killer. Would go into the red zone. When we'd take him to the weekend house in the village, the villagers would yell one to another "Lun is here, close up your chickens!!!".. He'd go into the red zone and that was it.
Lego, on the other hand, has no idea what the chicken is, only the wild birds, and I don't think he's ever seen a sheep. Cow- he's afraid of, horses are good. He loves other small animals (including mice), but squirrels are starting to get on his nerves as well.
How did I manage it? you just hope the dog's not off the leash when around chickens/sheep :P I used Flexi a lot...