02-22-2013, 12:39 AM
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First thing is to have solid obedience on your dog. Recall, down, sit, wait, stay. Wait is to stop until the dog decides to do something. Stay is to wait until I come to the dog. Goats are much more delicate than cattle. She cannot heel the goats, she has to learn to stay a certain distance from them. You'll notice with the treiball, the dog has to touch the ball in order to control it. She cannot do that with the goats.
You'll want to put a harness on the dog and a leash that is at least ten feet long. She'll learn that the harness means she is going to do something with the goats (school). You might want to start with the dog on the opposite side of the fence from the goats. When she alerts on the goats put her on a sit. Praise. Walk. Walk to the end of the pen. Walk back again. If she gets agitated you were too close and/or weren't paying attention to her.
Does she know leave it? Is she solid with leave it? Because she is not allowed in the pen or pasture with the goats unless you go in there with her. You simply cannot have her loose until she understands that she is not allowed in there. You will also want to make "that'll do" very happy with lots of praise and move her away and into some type of game out of the pasture.
I trained my border collie, but I really wish I'd had someone to mentor me. Please find a trainer who has sheep or goats.
Another hint. With a long lead and harness, take dog into a goat area when the goats aren't there. Work Zooey on all of her obedience skills, especially down. As you know, dogs don't generalize, so you have to train her all over again in the pasture/pen.