• Cindy Benson

Follow Blush’s Litter (13) – New Field– 11 wks

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

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This transition can be challenging for the pups for a variety of reasons. I introduce them to this field with great care and make sure I have my incredible puppy trainer volunteers on board to help. The field is long. It is expansive visually because it offers no relief; there is nothing to hide behind or to break up the sight line, other than the diminishing pile of decomposed granite.

There are ten sheep in this field. The puppies have only lived with four sheep to this point. My volunteers station themselves at the far ends and middle of the field so that they can step in and redirect a frightened pup if necessary.

It took a lot to coaxing to get the pups into this field because it was hot and they were sleepy; they didn’t know something new was being offered to them. Once they figured it out they had a great time.

Since they understand barrier challenges well we knew they could find their way home if they wanted to so for the rest of the day I gave them access to all five fields.

At one point the new group of sheep went into the creek pasture to check that out. One of them singled himself off and went to investigate the pups. The short video clip is the result of that. I was soooo proud of those young pups as they mindfully and respectfully greeted this sheep.

This six minute video shows the highlights of this transition to the new field.

Stay tuned for the next big changes…..

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