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Old 04-12-2009, 06:42 AM   #1
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Hav Herding Instinct

Okay, I will first say, I was a complete skeptic. I thought often times people said havs were herders cause they wanted them to come across smarter than other toy breeds. I decided to try it myself and see what it was about. Dasher has some very unique personality traits so I thought he would be a good dog to try it with. If the tunnel blows in the yard he runs around nuts. You saw him with the snow video, and I knew he had a lot of drive from doing obedience and agility. So yesterday I show up to the herding instinct test. Dash nor I have never seen sheep that close. I watch as many non herding breeds walk in and stand back look at the sheep and comb the ground for food, failing the instinct test. So I thought it was just going to be fun to see them and really wasn't expecting Dash to have any interest. Well it is my turn.... we go in and Dash turns into a different dog. He has never seen sheep, they are HUGE, and they are actually a bit defensive when Dash approaches them, they turn around and stomp their hooves. I was worrying about saving myself!!! Well Dash could care less and his little inner big dog totally takes over. Dash passed the herding instinct test in about 1 minute!!! Let's just say I really was asked what kind of dog he was by everyone there. He was insane and they loved his drive. They did say we would have to get his barking under control but that is very common for a high drive dog seeing sheep for the first time (Dash is normally not like this- he scored a 99 in rally 30 mins ago!). I think it paid off when he was a puppy everyone asking if he was a baby border collie. Now he is just a pocket BC with a better coat


I will add the video of the first few minutes (I had one of the testing guys take!)
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:48 AM   #2
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That is one impressive little pup you have there in Dash! I'd love to meet him some day and see him in action!
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:11 AM   #3
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Here is the video of Dasher's first few minutes. The instructor quickly told me he has instinct and was trying to show me how to work Dash- I had no clue what I was suppose to do as all the dogs I watched before me had no interest and I get crazy dog! Notice how he takes the leash to show me!!! HAHAHA! I think he was just excited to a "hav a what!" in the ring. He actually lives about an hour from me so I am gonna get on his list for herding training and see if we can't make it out a few times.
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:55 AM   #4
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That Dash is something else!!
You smart boy-I bet you could have driven home!
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:04 AM   #5
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OMG Amanda. that is so amazing... also woke my boys up from a nap and now they are barking too at who they think is outside.

I can't wait to see more of sheephav dash.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:25 AM   #6
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What will you come up with next??? You never cease to amaze me with all you come up with to do with your pups. This is totally cool! I love how Dash isn't fazed one bit by those big ol' sheep.

Oh, and BTW, they have shepherding classes out in Norco where Tori's vet is. I wanted you to know that so WHEN you return to CA you'll know where to go to continue his training
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:52 AM   #7
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What fun! Kubrick has never seen sheep up close - and he'd probably be afraid of them! - but he is always trying to herd the pigeons we see on our walks, LOL.
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Comet and Oliver came running over to see why the "computer" is barking
They herd each other but I think they would run from the sheep
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:31 AM   #9
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How totally fun and awesome, Amanda!

I definitely think Havs have a herding instinct. I can see it in Scout more than Lincoln. My friend had Pulis before she got a Hav and she said she was amazed that the Havs reminded her so much of the Pulis in regard to the herding kinds of movements.

I'm amazed Dash knew what to do with sheep. I'd always thought sheep would be too big. I thought it would be fun to get a bunch of chickens together and see what Scout would do with them!
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:33 AM   #10
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Great job Amanda & Dash!!!! You and your dogs inspire me to try more.
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