|Barked: Mon May 21, '12 7:58am PST |
|Well, herding is one of those things that for some dogs is very elusive and for some dogs is built into their psyche. Usually, dogs that come specifically from dogs that work for a living are far more likely to display instinct then just a pet dog that was not bred to work.
I noticed on your profile that you bred your girl yourself, but I don't know what kind of stock she comes from, and I didn't see any titles or anything.
Typically, dogs are started out at 6 months to a year on sheep, with gengle introductions to sheep starting at puppy age. Also, dogs that have done obedience in the past (again, not sure if you do that with your pups) often have trouble letting go to actually chase sheep around.
I would not expect a whole lot out of your dog the first time she sees sheep unless she has previous experience, in other words. That's not to say she won't have some kind of reaction, but just bcause a dog shows interest doesn't mean that they have any herding instinct.
Good luck with your dog and I hope you guys have a good time!
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