Of course, while meeting the lambs, my attention was immediately drawn to the dogs. This is an abruzzi, her job is to guard the herd. They actually had three, one male and two females. The females primarily guard the babies, while the male watches over the field.
Every half hour, they demonstrated how the border collies herd the sheep. This guy is just waiting for permission to go to work. He was fascinating to watch.
There were 13 mamas with their babies out in the pasture. Apparently, when the babies aren't there, the dog is able to bring in the sheep without any problems. However, with all of the babies, the dog now has 13 different groups as opposed to one herd to bring in.
On occasion, a mama would square off with dog, unwilling to move. Firmly but gently, the dog would let the sheep know who was boss.
The dog worked by whistle commands. He would lay down behind the sheep so that they couldn't move back. Once he had one group moving, he would move onto the next group.
I am ready to live on a farm after our visit.