This is a vitally important part of their development because as Police dogs they will need to be able to work in amongst livestock without being distracted when they are searching or tracking for criminals or missing vulnerable persons.
|OK, so this is the famous farm.|
|Are they being fed?|
Out of view is Cosmic who was very fearful and took flight away from the sheep to start with.
Within 5 minutes all of the dogs were comfortable and relaxed in their presence and soon after that they became bored and not interested in the sheep. In other words they were neutral to the sheep which is the objective we wanted to achieve.
I have included a number of photo’s of this part of the visit because it demonstrates how to achieve the objective to get the dogs and animals used to each other in a sensible and gradual manner. Andi and her partner played the major part in this by feeding the sheep and integrating the dogs while they did this.
Remarkably the dogs effectively were sharing and joining in eating with the sheep and more importantly were gaining confidence, not seeing them as a threat and eventually became bored with them and wanted to move on.
|They are being fed, I thought so|
|Think I may get away with trying some|
|You get the food, I'll out stare this one|
|Is the food all gone?|
|I'll just check|
|Foods gone, lets go and see Jack|
The above shows the pups now bored and looking for new experiences or mischief to get into.
Everyone then took it in turns to meet rescue pony Jack.
|Hi Jack, got any food?|
|I wonder if Jack's food tastes better?... I tried it earlier mate, what can I say I'm airing my tongue!|
Then it was into the barn to meet the young cows.
|Straw! THAT's not food!|
|It's a cow what more can I tell you!|
|Have you got any food?|
|Wow you're tall, got any food?|
|Ha, new it... wheres mine?|
|I'm King of the castle and you're the dirty...|
|yep, I've seen the chickens...|
Finally a group photo of the pups with Jack our rescue pony and the hand reared and very tame sheep Al who thinks he is a human.
|Group photo, is Jack and Al joining us. Are they to be Police trained as well?|
Bye for now Paul