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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Herding Qualities

What qualities should I look for in my GSD that would indicate he might enjoy/be suited to herding?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 10:19 AM
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Re: Herding Qualities

Confidence. Interest in chasing/retrieving. Focus on YOU. Basic obedience commands down pat (come, stay, release). But my guess is MOST GSD's would be interested and good at herding! Luca loves it!

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Re: Herding Qualities

He has all those except maybe the confidence part, but he's becoming more and more confident as the months go by.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-24-2008, 11:27 AM
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Re: Herding Qualities

My first sign that KC was a natural at herding was when my Huskies broke out of the kennel and she followed them. She ran my male sibe down from behind, cut him off at the property line and worked him back up to a corner where I could snag his collar. She did this ALL on her own. I saw them a few seconds after they got out and KC just did her thing with no commands whatsoever from me. I have never been able to figure out how the Huskies fit through the fence much less KC. I have had 4 of my 5 Shepherds to "Sheep Meets" where they were evaluated but not officially tested but so far KC is the only one officially tested. All of them did well and really enjoyed it.

Even if your dog lacks confidence I think herding could help him improve in this area as long as it is done correctly taking into consideration his temperament.


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