Bee HoneyI laughed at that, as herding breeds were developed specifically FOR farm work. That said, of course there are those people who live on farms and don't want to train their dog, so the dog gets to behave inappropriately.Quote:
IME herding dogs are the WORST farm dogs, they pester everything and they just can't stop.
CowboymomI should not have gotten the 4 dogs I've got now then. I've got a Cattle Dog, and 3 Corgis. Not a one of them has ever seen sheep and have no herding experience with other livestock either.Quote:
See I think you chose the WRONG breed. If you don't have anything that needs to be herded you shouldn't have gotten a herding dog
Lazy Palomino Hunterjust exactly this. Any dog needs to be trained for self control and directed where and how to expend their excess energy. Breeding really does matter, as those high drive dogs are going to need a higher level of training and they will probably need refresher courses periodically. If I were ever to get a RR (unlikely as they are a large breed and I want to go smaller as I get older), it would be trained with specific tasks in mind and to a level that would make it a good citizen.Quote:
I think that, like any breed, herding breeds just require specific training to be suitable as a farm dog. They are generally bidabble and friendly, so in that regard they can be a good choice. Breeding matters quite a lot here, IMO... a high-drive dog who is from intense working lines would obviously be a less appropriate choice.