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Date: Apr 07 - Apr 08, 2018
The herding dog, also known as a stock dog, or working dog has the ability to actively control the movement of livestock such as poultry, sheep, goats, cattle, and even reindeer. These are serious, tireless workers with a strong instinct to actively “gather or roundup” and move livestock according to the commands of the shepherd, cowboy, or stock handler. A well-trained herding dog works in partnership with his or her handler and can move livestock just about anywhere. They are fleet of foot, work with calm authority, and a keen eye. Because the dogs are required to work at great distances, they also possess sensitivity to the handler’s voice, whistle, and gesture. Border Collie handlers use whistles to command commands the dog because it can be heard over a greater distance than the voice but close in the verbal herding commands are straight from the Scottish shepherd.
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