Dudley the lamb at Middle Farm seems to think he is a dog and responds to he commands of his master by jumping through hoops and hurdles.
The mother of the little lamb, born on March 27, was unable to look after him because she was too ill. As a result he went to live with Middle Farm’s animal carer Bonnie Hall.
Bonnie said, “He came to live at my house and he was wearing a nappy in the house.
“He grew and started to play and I thought I would turn ouyr time together playing in to something more useful. I bought a clicker and started clicker training with him.”
Clicker training is a method usually used for dogs. It uses positive reinforcement in conjunction with a clicker to mark the behaviour being reinforced.
Bonnie said, “Now he seems to really enjoy doing all the jumps and turns and all the other bits and pieces we do.”
Bonnie and the rest of the team at Middle Farm are hoping Dudley will be a hit with children visiting the farm, at Firle, during the school summer holidays which are due to start next week.