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How old is too old?

Would 9 years old be considered too old to begin herding? The dog in question is physically fit, good recent blood work/physical exam and can still go all day without issue.
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Why not? I'm old and still learning new tricks!
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Why not? I'm old and still learning new tricks!
I'm proud of you. I'm too old to learn new tricks without hurting myself.

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If the dog is healthy and fit, do it up! My previous Whippet ran the lure until his teens. He died happy at 17 nearly.

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I would imagine it’s a lot easier then training a adolescent dog in sheep herding- lol! New things keep the brain fresh at any age two legged or four!
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I'm proud of you. I'm too old to learn new tricks without hurting myself.

Bunk! It's all in the attitude. Come walk with me and the punk. We do 3-4 tours a day of between 2 and 4kms. I let her walk until she starts tripping.

I think Sabi was about 9 when she learned to herd chickens. Not sure she had ever seen chickens before but she was pretty quick to figure out how to put them back in the coop. I think any dog that is healthy and fit can be taught to do things.
Bud did not stop trying to jump fences until his eyesight started to go around 12 or so. I think he was 10 when he went over our 6 foot fence to get to me. Shadow is 9 and apparently still able to cover several miles a day with ease. And she has a bad heart.
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No reason not to jump in. A lot of the stress in the foundation work is mental and not physical, a thinking adult dog can be a great partner.
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My older dog has more energy than my younger one. Try it and see.
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Good to hear the encouragement. Bonus is the guy said we can bring more dogs so I will take Ranger too. Ranger has never been around sheep, but he’s a pretty calm guy so he should be fine.
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If you have the time and opportunity, I'd say go for it! If it seems like too much for the dog, you could always stop or scale back. I always thought herding looked fun, but have never been able to find any opportunities in my area. If you try it, take some pictures, and share them with us!
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