Come-bye, and we’ll tell you a little more...
We loved chatting to Amanda Owen (aka The Yorkshire Shepherdess) for our Wisdom piece in our July issue. (You can find it in the shops or buy it online using the link below if you’d like to know more). By the end, we were all imagining ourselves giving it all up and heading off to enjoy the peace and quiet of a hillside somewhere green and silent. (We’re sure it’s definitely all as simple as that sounds.)
So in case you fancy a career change, too, we’ve collated a short guide to sheep dog commands to get you started.
Come-bye Go to the left around the flock (clockwise)
Away (or away to me) Go to the right around the flock (anticlockwise). Remember A is for ‘away’ and ‘anticlockwise’ and C is for ‘come-bye’ and ‘clockwise’
Lie down Lie on the ground
Steady Slow down a bit
Walk on Approach the sheep (often used at the start of herding)
On your feet Stand up and be ready but don’t move yet
Look back Check your workings! Used if they’ve lost a sheep or if the dog is working part of the flock and he needs to go back for the other part
That’ll do It’s clocking off time