My dog is almost 2 years old and we recently got a few calves to be for dairy once they’re old enough. My dog just likes to chase them around and doesn’t listen to me when I tell him to back off. It would be wonderful if he could herd them, but I don’t want him chasing them into a ditch or fence, ect… Is it too late to train him to herd, or could I still get away with it? He has some obedience training, (sit, down, heel on lead, come on lead, that sort of thing) but he has a lot of energy and doesn’t have a very long attention span.
What do I need to know/do to get him to herd the cows instead of just chase them?
Definitely not too old to learn. I really can’t help you with teaching your dog to herd, but would suggest checking to see if you have any local groups or individuals that do have herding dogs or do stock dog trials to get help and get advice. I have 3 aussies and live out in the county with horses (no cattle though) and have taught my dogs that they are to not chase the horses. From what you have posted, seems to me that you need to work on having more control over your dog off lead, lots of work with a long lead is in your future. The main thing you will need to work on, before you start any herding training, is keeping your dog focused and listening to you under all kinds of situations. I would try to find someone who does dog training to help you with exercises and things to work on. Good luck!
I’m doing basic obedience right now. My trainer hasn’t once handled my dog. He has shown me how to handle my dog by using his own dog but that’s about it. The reasoning is that I need to learn how to do these basic corrections and what not myself. Learn more https://tr.im/XCvCx
I have never considered sending my dog away for training. I guess I haven’t found that much of a problem with him to even think about it.
Again, it may also have to do with the level of training you are looking for etc. No idea lol. I’m not a trainer. I think a first time dog owner needs to learn simple commands and how to handle their dog themselves as well.
I believe you could get away with it, it is certainly not too late. Get in touch with a dog trainer, or get some herding tips online. It is hard, and some dogs may not enjoy it…But yes, ask a dog trainer, or go online for herding tips for herding dogs. 🙂
You don’t ":train": a dog to herd, it’s bred into them. Zero chance this dog will ever herd.