We had introduced him to the alpacas last night and he tried playing with them and just acting downright goofy. From what we could figure out he climbed/dug under his gate to get in with the boys and then went under the main gate. His electric collar should have discouraged him politely first with a beep and then with a bit of a shock. Obviously he decided that the shock was worth it. When we got up for real this morning we shaved his neck to try and make a better contact, figuring he surely wasn't getting shocked and ignoring it. Turns out he was. Scott came home from work to a wet dog under the porch.
So now we are at a loss. We're going to try fencing the gaps a bit better to stop him from going under. Maybe a stronger system or a horse charger with a live wire at the bottom of the fence? You'd think he'd want to stay with his herd to protect them. He must think we need protecting more. Guess we'll just have to keep trying with him. I sure wish his natural instinct would kick in though. It wouldn't be so bad if he stayed around the house or wandered back and forth from the pasture to the house. Anyone have any other good ideas/deterrents, or a good pet psychic to convince him he should stay where he belongs??
On a good note though, we did halter up Trooper yesterday and trimmed his nails. We rewarded him by walking him to a pasture with real grass for a few nibbles. The other 3 were very jealous, so hopefully they remember the reward when we start working with them on lead.
Scott's by himself at the farm this weekend, so hopefully everything goes somewhat peacefully, Vlad escaping isn't a good start though, nor is the heavy rain we are forecasted for.
We will be posting more info about our shearing day (Sunday May 8) next week. We are planning on having a cookout, demos, visiting with Vlad (if he's in the yard where he is supposed to be), alpaca hugging and more. Let us know if you are interested in coming!!