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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-23-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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herding video/pics from today

Well I have been taking Kessy herding for about a month now (once a week) and she is doing really well. It's an awesome outlet for her energy and she seems to really enjoy it. I took my video camera with me and got a video of the last part of our lesson.

Oh just a warning - I know the sound is low so you can't hear much but don't turn it up all the way because I have to yell at her once or twice LOL I don't want to blow anyones eardrums out...and it's better to watch in high quality since I can't zoom in too far with the camera I have. It's old...but it gets the job done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrYMEou8p4k

I also took some still shots from the video - they are not super clear but they aren't too bad!!







She is really getting the idea of running the border. At some point we will put me inside the fence with the sheep and then will start to take the fence down so she will have to work the border on her own. That will be fun...she is SO fast I will have to be really quick to block her! But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it LOL

Oh - I also may be able to get a sheep or two to butcher for the dogs' raw diet. I am so excited, they are grass-fed and free range sheep, I couldn't ask for much more! I just need to clear out some room in my freezer, it is FULL of meat for the dogs right now...

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That is an interesting way of training herding. Does your trainer start all dogs this way?

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Yes...this is tending-style herding, which is what GSD's were originally bred to do. They do not drive the sheep but create a living fence for large (200+) herds of sheep.
It is much different than the herding you see with BC's for example but it is how all tending dogs are started. Eventually I hope to get an HGH on her but that is a tough title and it will take a while to get her there!

I forgot to mention, the lesson is probably 30 minutes long of solid work, the video was the last 4-5 minutes it it.

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Very nice! I wish Toozer would border like that. She will keep the sheep contained but will stand and watch until they decide to move, lol...lazy girl.

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Originally Posted By: MTAussieThat is an interesting way of training herding. Does your trainer start all dogs this way?
I agree! Neat to see how different people teach. We also do large flock herding (AHBA, no HGH around here...and it is different than Course C) and our trainer had us do the border a bit different (but, for AHBA, there isn't a boundary/footing that the dogs run - just cones set up around the graze).

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take a look at my pics of the first time herding, they are down a few items, adn we have no fence. They spread manure to make a border, and when we entered the field she said Ok let them go, amazing. Read my story, this is a greaet sport, gotta find a place to do it all the time
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Oh, this is so cool! I am envious! What beautiful pictures. I'm unable to see the vid, but the photos are super! Cool deal on the raw lamb!

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Awsome photo's!

I can't wait to see Stark do some herding in the future.. looks like they have so much fun!

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