HOW TO: Handle Your Sheep

Updated: Sep 1, 2021


  • Sheep must always be treated with respect. Which means avoiding raising arousal to the point that sheep respond in a self-protective manner.

  • In general, handling will produce a flight response in sheep, as handlers and dogs are seen as a significant threat.

  • Keep calm and talk gently at all times.

  • Maintain a flight zone - this zone can be minimized by staying quiet and calm.

  • Exploit the ability of the sheep to negotiate a plan instead of using fear as a motivator.

  • Familiarize the yard and race layout with sheep.

  • Try to decrease any treatment's severity.

  • Take the experience of the animal into consideration.

  • Don't grab sheep by their wool – it's going to cause bruising.



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