Originally Posted by Emily
Keeva definitely likes to boss around large, moving animals, however, she also shows quite a bit of eye - on other dogs, the cat, and even her toys. It's very noticeable and dramatic; she slams down into a crouch and then creeps up with a hard stare.
Is this abnormal for a drover? Where does this fit in to different herding styles? (Where can I find a book or video that will answer these questions? LOL
This is why it's important to get dogs on stock. Just observing normal dog behaviors (even sighthounds and toy breeds will give eye and stalk) does not mean the dog will do any of those things on stock. I have two pretty hard-eyed dogs when it comes to toys and playing/chasing, but neither of them are stalky or hard-eyed on stock. My bitch is by far more loose eyed than my male is. And Zen isn't what I'd call hard-eyed. He's just more intense. Neither of them crouch or stalk on sheep though.