I had a surprise when I went over to Terry's ranch today. They were building a duck arena and had a group of Indian Runners in a round pen. The lambs were in the round pen with the ducks. I brought each Border Collie into the round pen separately to work the ducks. Jet and Kilt were wonderful. They of course focused on the lambs in the pen. I said, "No," "Look, Ducks." As soon as they focused on the ducks I said, "YES." I didn't have a clicker with me, so that sufficed. Jet knows the words Keep and Get. Kilt and Yoko have never been introduced to them. Jet, being a little looser eyed like his daughter gets away with a slicey flank. I taught him Keep (away) and Get (Come bye) for a squarer flank at the pen. Kilt has more eye and has square flanks. I thought this would be a good time to teach Yoko the meaning of Keep and Get. She caught on like a duck in water....hahaha
Both Jet and Kilt (even though they have only worked ducks and geese a few times in their lives) were wonderful. This was Yoko's first time on ducks. She had worked geese about a year and a half ago. Yoko is just a natural born heeler so I had to get on her case a wee bit. I need to work her with the big ball more and teach her to "push." Once in awhile a duck needs a nudge. All in all they were very, very good with the ducks.