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Luna the SHEEP races over jumps on a dog agility course

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A dog trainer was stunned after she managed to train a sheep to do an agility course meant for mutts.

Becky Reeves, 26, has run Blaenplwyf Dog Training in Llanybydder, Wales, for four years but said she had never thought about training a sheep.

But, after volunteering to care for abandoned lamb Luna, she found a new student who proved much easier to train than most dogs.

Becky has since recorded a clip of Luna launching herself over jumps, darting through tunnels and walking up planks in all weathers.

Luna had been abandoned and left to die by her mother last April after being born with crooked front legs.

But Becky told the farmer she would bottle feed the little lamb to give her a fighting chance at life.

Now, ten months later, Luna has regained the strength in her legs and has become an online sensation due to her dog-like skills.

In the clip, Becky can be seen standing in a field with treats in her hand as she encourages Luna to tackle the first hurdle.

Becky Reeves, 26, who runs Blaenplwyf Dog Training in Llanybydder, Wales, has trained Luna the sheep to race over jumps on a dog agility course

Becky Reeves, 26, who runs Blaenplwyf Dog Training in Llanybydder, Wales, has trained Luna the sheep to race over jumps on a dog agility course

Becky has since recorded a clip of Luna launching herself over jumps, darting through tunnels and walking up planks

Becky has since recorded a clip of Luna launching herself over jumps, darting through tunnels and walking up planks

Becky has since recorded a clip of Luna launching herself over jumps, darting through tunnels and walking up planks

She clears the bar with ease and her trainer reassures her before leading her through a long blue tunnel. 

Luna darts out of the other end and comfortably clears another jump before tackling an elevated plank walk.

The skilled sheep then finishes with a flourish as she playfully steps up on to a short red stool before being rewarded with her final treat.

The clip then cuts to the same field but this time with snow covering the ground.

Luna darted her way round the dog agility course before tackling an elevated plank walk guided by Becky

Luna darted her way round the dog agility course before tackling an elevated plank walk guided by Becky

Luna darted her way round the dog agility course before tackling an elevated plank walk guided by Becky

The skilled sheep then finishes with a flourish as she playful steps up on to a short red stool before being rewarded with her final treat

The skilled sheep then finishes with a flourish as she playful steps up on to a short red stool before being rewarded with her final treat

The skilled sheep then finishes with a flourish as she playful steps up on to a short red stool before being rewarded with her final treat

Luna successful weaves her way around a course of poles on command as Becky rewards her for her efforts.  

Speaking about the uniquely-trained sheep, Becky said: ‘Her mum had abandoned her and she was also born with deformities, her front legs were curved in and they wouldn’t straighten so she couldn’t walk.

‘We had sheep, we knew what we were doing, so we thought let’s give her a whirl.

‘And she had so much fight and spirit, she wanted to live.

Luna had been abandoned and left to die by her mother last April after being born with crooked front legs

Luna had been abandoned and left to die by her mother last April after being born with crooked front legs

But Becky told the farmer she would bottle feed the little lamb to give her a fighting chance at life

But Becky told the farmer she would bottle feed the little lamb to give her a fighting chance at life

Luna had been abandoned and left to die by her mother last April after being born with crooked front legs. But Becky told the farmer she would bottle feed the little lamb to give her a fighting chance at life

‘She lived in the house for about two months, we turned it into a stable for her, we got her feeding and we made little splints for her legs so we tried to start straightening them.

‘Because of her leg deformity and the weakness there, I wanted to do some exercises and training that would help her mobility and teach her where to place her legs to build up the strength.

‘I started to do some really basic foundation level training and she started to associate doing things with getting a reward.

‘I taught her to go round the back of my legs and she took to it so well and her motivation was high.

‘She was so eager to work and do things. I’d never seen drive like that in a sheep. So we started doing little jumps and walking up the bridge was for her balance.

Becky's partner Jake Giddens, 27, (pictured together) often helps out with training and has also become very fond of Luna

Becky's partner Jake Giddens, 27, (pictured together) often helps out with training and has also become very fond of Luna

Becky’s partner Jake Giddens, 27, (pictured together) often helps out with training and has also become very fond of Luna

Luna now lives outside but often plays with Becky's three dogs - Spaniel Poppy, Labrador Buddy and Malamute Boss

Luna now lives outside but often plays with Becky's three dogs - Spaniel Poppy, Labrador Buddy and Malamute Boss

Luna now lives outside but often plays with Becky’s three dogs – Spaniel Poppy, Labrador Buddy and Malamute Boss

‘She’s done really well with it all. And she’s completely normal now. It’s absolutely amazing.’ 

Becky’s partner Jake Giddens, 27, often helps out with training and has also become very fond of Luna.

The pair use sheep nuts as a treat and Luna does three or four training sessions a week. 

Luna now lives outside but often plays with Becky’s three dogs – Spaniel Poppy, Labrador Buddy and Malamute Boss. 

Becky, who said she now wonders if Luna thinks she is a dog, said: ‘She definitely thinks she’s better than living outdoors, she’s always trying to come in.

‘She learnt faster than a dog. She has that calmness that dogs don’t.

‘They work out you have food and the excitement levels rise really quickly in dogs.

‘For her, she is more level-headed. We’ve been surprised with how fast she’s picked up things – but there has been a lot of work put in!’

Luna will now live out her days with the couple’s other sheep – Perry, Rosie and Bambi. 

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