You know, my Violet border collie turned out to be a surprise found treasure. Somebody abandoned her in Myrtle Beach (we guess - a policeman friend found her running up and down Kings Highway and searches for her owner proved fruitless).
When I agreed to take her, I did a little breed research on the Netz and got hooked up with a border collie trainer. The first time in the round pen with actual sheep, Violet ate sheep poop and refused to even glance at the sheep. But six months later, I had a friend take her in the round pen and she really turned on.
As a housepet, she's kind of a squirrely girl, but she's got tons of natural talent as a sheepdog.
I guess Violet must have come from working stock, though - I understand it's a trait that's very easily lost if not carefully bred for. Looks like the same is true for hounds.
"We're only trying to understand what you want, people. If we're not supposed to actually lunge at you, you need to name it something else." - Dear Murray
That sounds like so much fun! And what a great way to not only introduce the concept of hound sport, but let the owners have a great day with their dogs in the country. I took my little "terrier" mutt to our hunt's puppy show and put him in the terrier race. He was last. : ( But at least he eventually ran behind the group and didn't just run to me! Embarassed parent.