There is something special about having ducks on your farm or hobby farm. Not only are they beautiful and fun to watch, but they lay some very tasty eggs. However, moving them around your property can be challenging at best and virtually impossible at worst. Unless, of course, you had a trained assistant like a Border Collie to help you out. The good news is that Border Collies are natural herders and with a little bit of hard work and training can be taught to herd your ducks on your property.
You will be teaching your pup to follow a series of complex commands, which will take a lot of time, effort, and patience on both of your parts. The good news is that Border Collies love to work and please their human companions, which should make the whole process plenty of fun for both of you.
Herding involves a series of commands given to your pup, which he will use to move your flock around the property. Although there are a number of more complex commands you can teach your dog at a later date, here we are going to concentrate on the basic commands. These are "walk up" to approach the flock and stop a couple of feet away, "away to me" to approach from the left, move to the right, "come by" to approach from the right, move to the left, and "to me" to approach from behind, move flock towards you.
Once your pup has mastered these basic herding commands, you can always teach him some of the more advanced commands used by herdsmen for decades. But these basic commands will be enough to get your pup started on herding your flock of ducks anywhere you need them to go.
The most important step to getting started training your Border Collie to herd is you need to wait until your pup has matured enough for his bones to become strong enough and for him to have learned the basic commands of 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'down'. You should be aware there is a high potential for injury to your pup and ducks. Be sure you keep your eyes on your pup at all times during the training process. You also need a few supplies: