Ducks make a great addition to your hobby or production farm. They add color to your yard, lay delicious eggs, and are basically a lot of fun to watch. But moving the yard can be challenging if you try to do it all by yourself. But, if you train your dog to herd ducks, not only do you have another set of hands, or in this case paws, to help out, but with the right training and time, your dog can take over the bulk of the work, leaving you more time for other chores.
Of course, it helps if your pup's breed is one that has natural herding instincts. But, for the most part, you can train most breeds to herd animals as long as you have the time and patience to do so. Bear in mind that due to the number of commands your pup must learn to follow, this is a complex chore for him to master. If you want to be successful, you need to have plenty of time to spend on training at first, the time spent will diminish as your pup masters the skill.
Herding involves more than one command with the ultimate goal of teaching your dog to move your skein (yes, that's what a group of ducks is called) around your property. In order to do this, you need to work with your pup and teach him the basic herding commands. These include 'walk up' which directs your dog to move to a position by the ducks. 'Away' is used to send your pup to the left side of the skein and move them to the right and 'come by' is used to send your pup to the right side of the skein and move them to the right.
Your pup should already know the basics commands such as 'come', 'sit', 'down', and 'stay' as you may need to use them during the training process and as he moves your skein of ducks around.
Besides choosing a dog breed that has a natural herding instinct such as a Border Collie, German shepherd, Australian shepherd, or Corgi, you need to know up front that this training is going to take time and patience. A word of caution, there is always the potential for your pup to hurt one of the ducks, so until he is fully trained you should never take your eyes off him. Along with this, you need a few items: