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Livestock Worrying

Livestock Worrying

August is here lets hope that the weather is going to be better then the past few months have been.

The summer holiday period brings more visitors to rural places, especially to The Lake District and Cumbria, and consequently this usual means more dogs.

We are in livestock country here and wide open fell land which has bracken, streams and sheep, as well as cattle and horses roaming freely amongst there natural habitat.

Many dogs who come to this area for the first time have never met sheep or livestock before. For those who have, many have chased them in the past and so are kept on a lead by anxious and worried owners. Often if a dog has previously chased livestock owners will keep them on a lead for some of the walk but when they think it's safe will take a chance and let them off.

Given the chance all dogs, unless trained, will chase especially when a sheep on its own appears up in front of them and maybe startles them.

There have been several recent incidents in Cumbria where dogs have killed sheep – this is really terrible and should not happen. With training and education no dog should ever be a situation where this could happen.

Many people come to me when disaster has already struck or the dog is older and they are fed up walking it on a lead all the time. This is not a problem as I can always help them but my advice to all dog owners with any breed of dog is to seek professional advice and help whilst your dog is young so that the remainder of its life is happy and controlled whilst out walking.

Anti- livestock chasing is a large part of my work and all the young dogs that come to me automatically go onto this training aspect on the last stage of the training. I work with local farm and land owners and have sheep that are used especially for this job.

The only dog that had a surprise (and a surprise for me too) was Henry. Henry is a large very handsome Lurcher who is totally laid back as is his owner. He was taken into the field to meet the sheep where he stood and looked at them for a while. The sheep moved but Henry stood still, then they ran but Henry still remained still. Then the sheep started to run towards Henry. To our surprise Henry took one look and tore off in the opposite direction towards the field and gate and safety to sit by the car, desperate to get out!

I wish I'd had a video recorder for that one!

But most people don't have a Henry so if in doubt either keep your dog on a lead at all times when livestock is around, or do something about it, seek professional help and get the problem sorted or you could lose your dog.

Ingrid-Grayling.com
Tel: 01931 715 282

Blendbetter Carlisle. Blendbetter Pet Foods, Westlinton, Carlisle. CA6 6AA. 01228 791608
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