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    Sheep Dogs Aren’t Sheepish

    Dog Training | Prince William County, VA, USA | Pets & Animals

    (A client comes into my program with a very energetic Border Collie puppy.)


    Client:
    “My puppy is out of control. We live on a farm and needed a dog for our livestock. This is not what I wanted.”

    Me:
    “Okay, what is your puppy doing?”

    Client:
    “Chasing my goats and chickens all over the place!”

    Me:
    “Well this is a Border Collie, and they do herd. If the drive is not properly honed in to a herd, then a Border Collie will just chase.”

    Client:
    “But, I do not want my dog to chase my animals at all.”

    Me:
    “Then do not put your dog in with the animals.”

    Client:
    “But, I need her to protect my animals.”

    Me:
    “This is not what this breed was developed to do. This is an active, working breed that will chase.”

    Client:
    “But, I need her to lie quietly and just watch the animals.”

    Me:
    “It’s not in her breeding. What research did you do into Border Collies before you got one? Every piece of literature on dogs out there will tell you these are active dogs that will chase.”

    Client:
    “Well, I asked some guy at the local feed store what a good dog for working livestock was. He suggested a few breeds. I saw Babe, so I got a Border Collie.”

    Me:
    “Did you tell the feed store guy the type of job you wanted a dog to do?”

    Client:
    “Work livestock.”

    Me:
    “Work it how? Herding or guarding?”

    (The client just gives me a blank stare.)


    Me:
    “You have no idea the difference between herding and guarding?”

    Client:
    “I thought they were the same.”

    Me:
    “No. Have you had any farm experience?”

    Client:
    “No, we’re from the city. We thought it would be fun to move to this county and buy a small farm. But, now we have coyotes killing our animals.”

    Me:
    “So, you have no idea what you are doing at all?”

    Client:
    “No. It’s not as easy as it looks on TV huh?”

    Me:
    “No…”

    (Luckily, they did learn more about Border Collies. They got into a suitable sport after doing basic work with me, and I guided them to people who could help them get a proper livestock guarding dog.)
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    Citiots!
    Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bird4416 View Post
    Citiots!
    At least this one was willing to listen and learn.

    Christa


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    One of our BCs jumped in a pond once to herd the ducks....



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    Ya just can't fix "stupid"!!!
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    Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma



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    That is funny! My young BC herds our feral chickens to the chicken shed to get fed. She is very good at bringing each and every one separately too . No, she isnt chasing them. She walks them quietly there and goes back for the next one. They have learnt and wait for her
    Still Working_on_it - one day I will get it!


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