[Jacob-list] Foot Stomping
johanndiedrich at msn.com
Tue Oct 5 01:50:38 EDT 2010
I'm just curious as to whether other people do what I do. Sometimes my ram gets that "I'm gonna hit you and see what you do" look about him. When he does I stomp my foot at him and he backs off. Sometimes I stomp once, and sometimes I stomp two or three times while stepping towards him. This always makes him back off. I must note that I stare him down while doing this.
Does anyone else use the foot stomping method?
I believe I know why this is so effective. Unlike head butting which we cannot compete with (rams are unimpressed if we smack them on the head), foot stomping is something we can totally impress them with. I have noticed that rams will often stomp their foot as a more basic sign of aggression before they take it up a level to head bashing. If you can beat them in round one they won't move on to round two. Since we have so much greater surface area on our feet we can stomp much louder and more forcefully. This whole foot stomping thing is the only consistently affective thing I've found to do to deter a ram. I'd like to list the other things I've tried along with their effectiveness.
I've tried the "throw water at their face" method, and it works well. The problem is I usually am not carrying water, and it's not convenient. It does work though.
Slapping the ram under the chin. This kind of works as it does stop my ram from hitting, but he has quickly learned to put his head down so I can't reach under his chin. Therefore I think this method is not effective for more than the first few tries. It still is useful though.
In older posts on here I've read that some people will grab the ram by the horns and flip him on his back and then sit or kneel on him (gently of course) for a little bit to assert their dominance. I read that after doing this the ram will never bother you again. I have tried this on my ram as well. I found that he looked incredibly embarrassed when I let him go. He looked so embarrassed that I felt sorry for him. However, I did not find this to have a long term affect on him. He will still test me. I have to say that for the effort involved in using this method, it is impractical for some people. It is still worth knowing how to do though just for the temporary affect it has on the ram.
Sheep mount each other often times to assert dominance over each other. I have found that sometimes placing my hand above the rams rump on his lower back has a similar affect. When one sheep mounts another, the sheep being mounted will move to get away. I have found that I can get the ram to move away sometimes by placing my hand on his lower back above his rump. I think this method can be useful when you need the ram to move, but it's not really for when he's showing aggression as he will be facing you and this option won't be practical. This is not a highly affective method, but I've found it to be useful all the same.
I want to assure everyone that my ram is generally very nice and sweet, but he is still a ram. I'm not talking about this due to him being overly aggressive. I just want to talk about what I've experienced and see if others have similar or different experiences with these methods. What does everyone think of these methods? What is your favorite method?
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