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This Trainee Sheep Dog Learning The Ropes Will Brighten Your Day

Tan is our favourite sheep dog by miles.

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Meet Tan, the border collie, who's learning to be a sheep dog.

Can't wait to get Tan and for him to be old enough to train. Love training Floss and I'm still learning how to do it

HerdyShepherd@herdyshepherd1

Can't wait to get Tan and for him to be old enough to train.
Love training Floss and I'm still learning how to do it

08:53 AM - 8 Dec 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tan works for @HerdyShepherd1, the tweeting sheep farmer in Cumbria whose beautiful landscapes, shots of his flock and snaps of his working dog Floss have been a ray of sunshine for the last few months.

It gets pretty cold up there.

They say its gonna get cold here now...

But that doesn't daunt Tan - he's learning the ropes. Watching the hungry sheep.

Tan and me not so impressed by ewe emptying hay rack faster than we can fill it.

HerdyShepherd@herdyshepherd1

Tan and me not so impressed by ewe emptying hay rack faster than we can fill it.

01:07 PM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He has "cockerel-chasing adventures".

Best pic for ages. Tan after his cockerel chasing adventure. He learns fast and we keep him away from sheep.

HerdyShepherd@herdyshepherd1

Best pic for ages.
Tan after his cockerel chasing adventure. He learns fast and we keep him away from sheep.

07:07 PM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tan's learning how to be the best sheep dog he can be.

We teach the pup to know what's right and wrong by time of voice etc... They are desperate to please. @JudeRoze

HerdyShepherd@herdyshepherd1

We teach the pup to know what's right and wrong by time of voice etc... They are desperate to please.
@JudeRoze

12:35 PM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At least Floss is around to give some advice. It's not his mum BTW, they may even mate one day. #Awkward.

Another day. Another bunch of things to learn for Tan.

HerdyShepherd@herdyshepherd1

Another day.
Another bunch of things to learn for Tan.

07:44 AM - 14 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sheepdogs have long workings lives - Herdy's last dog died aged 11, but they can start as early as six months.

Mac was about 11 when he died. Work from about six months to when they tire out then retire. @knittynorasteph

HerdyShepherd@herdyshepherd1

Mac was about 11 when he died.
Work from about six months to when they tire out then retire.
@knittynorasteph

10:56 AM - 13 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's taking the sheep a while to get used to him.

Sheep watching Tan exploring their barn with great interest.

HerdyShepherd@herdyshepherd1

Sheep watching Tan exploring their barn with great interest.

07:36 PM - 6 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But those unruly sheep need sorting out.

So good luck Tan, we think you'll be great.

Best pic for ages. Tan after his cockerel chasing adventure. He learns fast and we keep him away from sheep.

HerdyShepherd@herdyshepherd1

Best pic for ages.
Tan after his cockerel chasing adventure. He learns fast and we keep him away from sheep.

07:07 PM - 15 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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