Geese are the perfect addition to most farms. Not only do they provide amazing eggs, but they are the ultimate guard animal. Geese are majestic birds that can add a lot of color and fun to your farm, but when a predator comes a-calling, they make a lot of noise and by flapping their wings can make themselves appear larger and more threatening. Handling them can be challenging, but if you train your Border Collie to herd geese, he can make your life a lot easier.
Border Collies are considered to be natural herding dogs. While this may be true of Border Collies and many other breeds, you still have to train them to put this natural talent to work helping you herd your geese around the farm. Bear in mind, herding is a very challenging task and teaching it to your pup is going to take some time, you are sure to find the results more than worth the effort.
The goal is to teach your dog through a series of verbal commands, hand signals, or whistle sounds to move your gaggle of geese around the farm. While there are many different advanced herding commands you can teach your pup later, for this we are looking at the basic movements; "Walk up" to approach the gaggle, "To me" to herd the geese towards you from behind, "Come by" to move the geese to the right by approaching them from the left, and "Away to me" to move the geese to the left by approaching them from the right.
Before attempting to teach your pup to herd, he needs to be checked by his vet to make sure he is physically mature enough, and he needs to have already mastered 'come', 'sit', 'stay', 'down', and 'stop'. Beyond this, you simply need to have a few supplies on hand, including:
Since there is a definite risk of your dog or geese being injured during the early stages of training, be sure to keep your pup on his leash. There is no hurry, give your dog all the time he needs to become used to being around the geese and for them to get used to him.