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Natural instincts are an amazing thing. I think it is interesting to see dogs "natural instincts" kick in. Not all dogs "click in" as they should right away. Some dogs take time, training and maturity. Some dogs never get it. I found these videos on Youtube and had to chuckle. The first one is.... well a Rottweiler herding cattle, sort of.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVkd2xaI5Lw&feature=related

LOL Ok, well, that one didn't quite get the idea.
Here is one that sort of gets the idea

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIUNWSfHOBA&feature=related

I just had to chuckle. The first one is more like my dogs have been. They are complete clowns. Inga used to chase the horses and then a few minutes later they would be chasing her around. They took turns and everyone seemed to enjoy the game. I love seeing dogs with a sense of humor.
 

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Papillons were bred to be companions, right? Well, Basil's a pro at that XD
 

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Someday I want to get a video of Mabel hunting vermin in the yard (prairie, shrubs, brush, deck, etc).

As a rat terrier this is her instinct. She does not hunt for fun and calling her off a hunt when she's hot on a scent trail is damn near impossible (possible if she's just "cruising" to pick up a scent trail).

Oddly (or maybe not) she doesn't do anything with her kill. She kills it, drops it and moves on to the next one. She doesn't play with it; she doesn't bring to us. I've seen her walk right over a carcass ten minutes after she killed it and not even look at it.
 

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Using a half dozen cows to herd one Rottweiler doesn't seem very efficient.
 

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Oddly (or maybe not) she doesn't do anything with her kill. She kills it, drops it and moves on to the next one. She doesn't play with it; she doesn't bring to us. I've seen her walk right over a carcass ten minutes after she killed it and not even look at it.
That's pretty much the Rattie drill. If they get into a nest of the critters, some Ratties will pin a rat with a paw while they are killing the one in his jaws. The good ones take that stuff very seriously.

Here's my 8 week old kibble recycling unit, doing what he was born to do.
 

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boon that is very cool! I love to see that! :) Cute puppy!

Using a half dozen cows to herd one Rottweiler doesn't seem very efficient.
Oh see, that is not true at all. The Rottweiler just has a different style then some of the other herding breeds. Instead of chasing them, he chose to get them to follow him where they were needed to go. ;) :rolleyes:
Either way, it looked like fun was had by all.
 

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on the subject of doing what they are bred to do & natural instincts, heres my drahthaar pointing at 8 1/2 weeks
LwUOqcmEDTkDoesn't get any more instinctive than that!

And on the subject of herding... This video is amazing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FX9rviEhw

You do realize this video is fake...

notice the sheep with the border collie head.

most of it is just someone playing around with graphic programs.
 

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Hahaha, Inga, that first video was hilarious! The second wouldn't load, though. I will try again later.

Boon, looks like your pup is getting the idea! Can't you just see the little gears turning in his head...

Here's one of Libby pointing, it was taken back in March.



And here's a newer one. You don't get to see the run up to the point, but as you can see, she's now steady!

 

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Whenw e took Jett sheep herding last year it was so much fun. I wish I had taken video.
The instructor took my daughter and Jett to a pen with 24 sheep in it. (this after doing some tests with him so she was sure he would not eat her sheep!!)

Now, I have to say, the woman who went before my daughter also had a collie and there was A LOT of yelling going on.
We could not see this pen from where we had to wait.

So when it's our turn they go into the pen. The instructor tells my daughter to start herding the sheep herself, just walk along behind them and get them moving.
Jett took no interest at first, he was well behind my daughter. Then as they all kept moving you saw the light bulb turn on in his head!!

It was so neat to watch his instinct take over. He moved next to my daughter and the next thing you knew, he was in front of her herding sheep!!

I really wish we lived closer to the place so he could have lessons.
 

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Inga, those dogs in the videos look like they are really trying to figure out the fine line between "herding" and "chasing"!

Wow shes stiff as a statue
Yah, she really likes the hunting "game", lol!
 

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I never knew rottweilers were sheep herding dogs either!
Rottweilers were originally bred as drovers. Mostly for moving cattle but were used as multi-purpose farm dogs. They are also used as carting dogs to haul the meat or milk to market and guard their masters purse on the way home.

Inga, those dogs in the videos look like they are really trying to figure out the fine line between "herding" and "chasing"!
I am sure that is exactly what they are doing. First time out, it takes a little while to "click on" but they were all doing pretty well. Not all dogs ever do "click on" some have no interest at all. Some are down right aggressive to the sheep. Neither of those 2 things are good.
That goes for any breed not just Rotties, of course.
 

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Frodo, Pickle, and Charlie love running through small like, cylandar boxes. They are probably using their tunneling. I don't know what Brainard was bred to do, he's real spunky though. Samantha just never kicked in, once in a while she follows the others through a tunnel. The three other daschunds, Baggins, Pix and Kitty, they all dig and Sam does if they do, never on her own though.
 
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