Cold Mornings & Good Dogs
Gibson adores this. His outrun is up the road an 1/8th of a mile and then cuts across the driveway, behind the sheep. Then he does that classic slinky walk up the the sheep who all life their heads in awareness of the wolf in the shadows. At this I yell out "Lie down!" hoping just his presence will send them home but of course it doesn't and here is where our down and dirty version of sheep herding departs from the trialers and pros. Gibson just runs in close, circles them, dodges and ducks from ram horns and butting heads and annoys the hell out of them until they head right back home to their own pen where no dogs act so uncivilized like the shifty dogs at the bar. It's quite the sight. Sometimes Friday is with us but she watches the show, doesn't really participate.
Both of my dogs are "soft" meaning they don't get aggressive with the sheep at all, sometimes to their detriment. Gibson won't grip (bite) a sheep to get a point across and he will back down from a bossy sheep - but backing down isn't the same as giving in. He'll just stop bothering the bullies and start working with more responsive/nervous sheep getting them to move and once the majority takes off even the ballsy sheep want to be with their flock and follow suit. He never fails, just works the angles. A dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do.