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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2012, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Tex - herding??


Hopefully you can view this video, these calves belong to my barn owner and when we were going back from our walk the calves and I've notice even the cow will coming running up to us ---anyway when we walk away the calves would coming running up from behind, and Tex would kinda spook at them but he was really interested..

Is he just showing interest or is his herding instinct kicking in?

What do you think? Something that he might be able to do?
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Morning bump up!
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Could be herding instinct. Maybe he just thinks that they are the ugliest dogs he's ever seen and he's staying back because he doesn't want to catch the ugly virus! hehe
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They are ugly dogs, and they run after me Mom... I notice the other day when I was walking that the cows from way back in the pasture come RUNNING to see him, which is kinda scary because these cows have very large horns... not real sure why the cows are showing so much interest in my dog.
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Maybe the cattle are just associating humans with food. Does the owner throw out food for them?
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There's some great video's in this thread if you want to compare behaviors:
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...eos-start.html
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Maybe the cattle are just associating humans with food. Does the owner throw out food for them?
Not usually, not in the summertime anyway. And the cattle know to go to the pasture in the front where they're feeding troughs are and they usually get fed in the mornings... I think....
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Some of the things the dog must demonstrate in a herding instinct test is first of all that they even see the stock, aren't afraid of them and then if they maintain a focus on the sheep or cattle or goats, whatever they're using. Tex is showing all of those things as well as moving back and forth along the fence. You can go to the AKC website and search for herding instinct tests in your area if you want to give it a try, or locate a trainer and see what they think. Herding is really fun!!
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If one does herding and wants to compete, do you have to have your own goats or sheep to practice everyday with? Or is this a sport that you can do on a weekly basis? I am not in a position where I can get a few goats so I can practice everyday. But I think it would be fun to see how Tex would do on some goats.
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I just started competing this spring. We go to a trainer twice a week to train- I don't have any livestock.
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