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Old 01-04-2008, 10:09 PM
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I just downloaded a "Breed All About It" on my iPod and watched the Papillon episode. They had a lady with one and owned a farm with sheep. Then the pap starts "herding" these sheep! I was like "Holy crapy, wth is that dog doing?!"

It looked like the highly Ob trained GSDs that I've seen doing herding, LOL! And mainly doing it because it was obeying commands.

I've NEVER heard of this, is it true?
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:11 PM
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Any breed can herd.. its a trainable ability - BUT instinct kicks in which makes then excell at it.
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Herding is basically controlled hunting. If the dog has prey drive, he can herd if he is able to be taught to stop the hunt before pursueing an attack
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That would make sense. I know every breed has different herding styles, cause this definitely wasn't any Border or Aussie, lol.

I guess I fail to see why they would do that? Why not use a dog specifically breed for herding?
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That would make sense. I know every breed has different herding styles, cause this definitely wasn't any Border or Aussie, lol.

I guess I fail to see why they would do that? Why not use a dog specifically breed for herding?
Because they can. Because its fun. Because people go . . WHAT THE HECK when when they see a Pap herding. Why not?
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That would make sense. I know every breed has different herding styles, cause this definitely wasn't any Border or Aussie, lol.

I guess I fail to see why they would do that? Why not use a dog specifically breed for herding?
I wouldnt be surprised if it was more of a case of, the owner got the pap to be just a pet but then discovered the pap's talent to be a herding dog. I also wouldnt be surprised if it is a learned behaviour rather than a natural behaviour, from watching other dogs doing the herding (does the lady have any BCs on her farm??)
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Yeah, she did, Ren.
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Paps are very intelligent, it doesn't surprise me that she was able to teach the dog to control sheep!

Granted, it was probably because the sheep were going "WTF IS THAT THING?!" that caused them to move away from the dog, but whatever works!
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Yeah, she did, Ren.
Case and point LOL Still really cool though!
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Lizmo~ I just might have to download that! I would love to see it.
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