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Question Do any of your Havs "herd"?

The other day we had two havs visit us and I really noticed Vinny kinda keeping them exactly where he wanted them to be. If they went near the toys he got between them and the toys and walked back and forth along side of them to make sure they didn't go near the toys. He also does that if he wants another hav to stay away from DH or me or Lulu. He just walks parallel with them to keep the dogs where he wants them to be. Sometimes he curls his lip up a little to make his point. Do your Havs do that?
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When we went to visit Shelly, Ollie did that with Cody. It was very funny to watch. Ollie is much smaller than Cody but controlled him like a sheep! He didn't do it so much in the yard but clearly felt he needed to keep an eye on him in the house!

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I don't know that much about herding instinct but Dora has tons of prey drive. I would say if it more about control, Isabelle my maltese would be the herding dog. She doesnt like things out of place and let's every dog know to not run around

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Weren't Havs bred to herd chickens?? Seems like the true Hav would be at play there!

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I didn't know the Havs were bred to herd. Interesting. I think it is definitely a control issue too. Vinny is like a "checker"? He has his eye on everything even when he's sleeping. Wants everything to be where it is suppose to be and makes sure all is OK.
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Razzle is a natural herder. The others learn quickly. We have chickens and turn them out in the daytime. In the evening they go back in on their own but the dogs enjoy "helping". It would be real easy to breed herders I think.
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Interesting Tom. So that must be Vinny's natural instinct too. It is really fun to watch him. Lol, my DH just said maybe we need to get some chickens.
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My two are always herding the cats. If one of the cats pokes his head out from behind a door, watch out. The dogs will run over and either corner the cats until I go to their rescue, or chase them down the basement.


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Riley has an Australian shepard in his puppy class and they have the same "play style"... They both know how to spin and block....and cut the other pups off and head them in the direction THEY want. Very amusing to watch!

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Awww, Jean, that's it. Lulu and Vinny do that to each other.

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