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Would you take your dog into a field with sheep and lambs in?

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Circletime27 Mon 13-Apr-20 18:38:37

We have some lovely countryside accessible from our home, all with public rights of way through them. However, the fields now have sheep and lambs in. We’re new to dog ownership (pup is 7 months old). Our friends frequently walk their dog (on lead of course) through these fields. Our puppy is good around livestock ie.he won’t bark at them. We walked through 2 of the fields today as they were empty. We got to the 3rd field which had sheep and lambs in and I couldn’t bring myself to go in there, it didn’t feel right so we came home. I don’t know if we’re being silly or not. Our pup is from a farm and I know his mum and brother are always in the fields with the sheep (that’s where our pup has had his experience with livestock from as we take him back their to play).

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WickedlyPetite Mon 13-Apr-20 18:40:02


JayAlfredPrufrock Mon 13-Apr-20 18:40:38


okiedokieme Mon 13-Apr-20 18:40:53

On a short lead it's fine but only if they do not bark

Haggisfish Mon 13-Apr-20 18:41:27

No-the sheep will be scared and defensive regardless of how well under control your dog is.

InfiniteSheldon Mon 13-Apr-20 18:41:52

No and not on a lead either frightened sheep miscarry and often die of complications.

Ipadipod Mon 13-Apr-20 18:42:10

No I wouldn’t chance it.

ParisInTheSpringtime Mon 13-Apr-20 18:42:11

Only on a short lead.

AbbieLexie Mon 13-Apr-20 18:42:21

No No No.

okiedokieme Mon 13-Apr-20 18:42:42

(We have always done so on public footpaths, sheep are used to dogs on leads)

twinkletoedelephant Mon 13-Apr-20 18:43:00

Only if you want it shot..

BayandBlonde Mon 13-Apr-20 18:43:05

Lead or no lead. No absolutely not.

I'm not sure how many times it needs reiterating to dog walkers to keep thier dogs away from livestock.

Dreamersandwishers Mon 13-Apr-20 18:43:25

Agree with Haggis, your presence, and that of the dog will be enough to worry them.

JulietTango Mon 13-Apr-20 18:43:29

No not even on a lead

Cabinfever10 Mon 13-Apr-20 18:43:38

No if your dog in any way upsets (worries) the livestock you are liable for any loss and a hefty fine

newreality1 Mon 13-Apr-20 18:43:41


maddy68 Mon 13-Apr-20 18:43:59

Only if the dog is on a lead and walk directly through it to the the other side.

Asdf12345 Mon 13-Apr-20 18:44:56

On a short lead if previously well tested.

If you have a friend with sheep try to arrange a controlled introduction so the dog can learn to ignore them.

I take our puppy into the poultry every day and it is amazing how quickly they learn to ignore temptation. I wouldn’t use someone else’s livestock though without their permission and a good idea what they drink in case it goes wrong.

Ellmau Mon 13-Apr-20 18:45:16

No! Please please don't.

Even if your dog isn't aggressive the sheep will still be scared and could end up dying.

I know someone (very stupid) who failed to control their dogs and (quite rightly) ended on the hook for £15K to pay for the farmer's loss when a number of pregnant sheep were killed.

Your puppy's mother is a trained sheepdog which is entirely different.

Ughmaybenot Mon 13-Apr-20 18:45:21

Absolutely not, and no one should be doing so, on a lead or not.

TeaMilkNoSugarThanks Mon 13-Apr-20 18:45:23

No. No. No.

Shitsgettingcrazy Mon 13-Apr-20 18:45:25

No. What if the lead snapped or the dog pulled the lead out of your hand.

I have known a couple of peoples dogs get lost after the dog has pulled and the owner has tripped and dropped the lead.

Accidents happen to the best of us, even when careful. So no I wont ever take my dog into with sheeps and lambs.

MarkingTimeIm59 Mon 13-Apr-20 18:46:16

No. I can’t believe you are asking.

Honeyroar Mon 13-Apr-20 18:47:14

I live in sheep country. My dogs don’t chase sheep but I’d still never have them off lead in a sheep field. But I’d happily walk through a field of sheep/lambs with my dogs. Probably wouldn’t if they were going to yap at the sheep, but if they’re not remotely interested in the sheep I would.

slipperywhensparticus Mon 13-Apr-20 18:47:51

No it's not worth the risk

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