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Water Sports (And Other Herding Games)


This little guy was getting his first exposure to sheep on a very hot day. Being an Australian Cattle Dog, he quickly discovered the easiest way to cool off is to hop in the water tub. What you can’t see is the Border Collie, who’s driving the sheep toward him. (Though I’m pretty sure this confident little fella just thought he was a blue sheep magnet.) For a moment there he wasn’t sure which was more important; the water tub or the sheep! He waited until the sheep settled down a bit, then hopped out of the tub and went back to investigating the sheep. Atta boy!

It’s so exciting to watch a herding dog get their first taste of livestock. (And for some dogs, that “taste” is literal!) Even more exciting is helping your dog hone their herding skills. It’s not for the faint of heart and it can be a long and challenging journey, but it’s so rewarding. And addicting! I hope I get to see even more of this young pup in the future!

4 responses

  1. h

    What a Face!

    September 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    • Oh yeah! Gotta love that Cattle Dog stare!

      September 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM

  2. He looks so interested and I love that he is standing in the tub. What a cutie!!

    September 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    • It’s such a Cattle Dog thing to stand in a tub of water. Most ACDs have to have their front paws in their water dish just to take a drink! They’re quirky, goofy and full of surprises, so the fact that this young fella was perfectly content to watch the action from the water tank didn’t surprise me the least!

      September 24, 2011 at 6:57 PM

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