There is nothing like having an extra pair of hands, or in this case, a set of paws to help you move your sheep around your farm. Running a sheep farm is a lot of hard work, but imagine how much more you could get done if your pup could be trained to take care of the flock. German Shepherds are natural herding animals, all you have to do is train your dog to put these instincts to work.
Despite the fact your pooch is a natural herder (that's what they were bred for), it is going to take you several months to teach your young dog how to move the sheep around in an effective manner by following your commands. Be patient, work with him consistently and in time you will forget he never knew how to herd.
It takes a number of commands to herd sheep around the farm. You will need him to learn 'walk-up',' to me', 'away', and 'come by'. These represent approach the flock, bring to me from behind, move them to the right and move them to the left.
These are just the basic commands, there are a number of others you may want to teach your pooch once he has mastered these. Take your time, be patient and keep working with your pup until he has mastered these skills. Remember, German Shepherds like to work and giving them something useful to do is the best way to keep them happy.
You can start training your pup to herd sheep once the vet has determined he has physically matured enough to take on the task with minimal risk of injury. The biggest things you will need to train your pup to herd are plenty of time and patience. He will figure out his new job relatively quickly, from there it is simply a matter of working with him to refine his skills. You should also know the four basic herding commands:
While there are several other commands you will need to teach your pooch over time, these are the most important four.