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Thoughts on this behaviour?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by luvmydogs, Jun 20, 2010.


  1. luvmydogs

    luvmydogs PetForums VIP

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    Eve, my English Shepherd, would stop every dog running if she could, I'm sure! When we are out and she meets dog to play with, she'll initiate a run out together, then grab at the dogs legs to stop them! Many dogs have done somersaults or really snapped at her but she just thinks this is a great game! (until I tell her off lol). Even with her own pups, she will play with them but when they run, will stop them, then just stands over them waiting for them to run again! Is she just herding?
     
  2. crazybones

    crazybones PetForums VIP

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    im no expert but i would of thought this was the herding instinct
     
  3. Dally Banjo

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    She sounds exactly the same as my mum & dads BC she is always makeing our 2 run so she can chase & nip legs :rolleyes:
     
  4. luvmydogs

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    I was told by ES owners it was a need to control everything lol
     
  5. MerlinsMum

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    Is that not the same as herding then!? Controlling the movement of animals (any kind). Nipping legs/sides is a BC trait. Merlin favours his Belgian ancestry more and tends to push/barge at the shoulder or nip at the neck (also not looked on favourably by other dogs!). And on the two occasions I've sen him do some impromptu (accidental!) cattle herding, he avoids the hind legs (they kick!) and "moves" the animal by barking at its head or shoulder to make it turn. But being Belgian - they herd like GSDs as a 'living fence' - once the steer has turned away he goes on to turn the next one til they are all together at a distance he's happy with. Scary (visions of enraged farmers with shotguns!) but amazing to see.

    Though I have also seen him do a circular 'outrun' like a BC, and when out waking with several people and other dogs, does a lot of circular runs around us.
     
  6. luvmydogs

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    She doesn't just nip - she trips, pushes, barges, anything to stop them. She seems very proud of herself when they stop, she doesn't appear to be trying to move them at all. She never does an outrun, and never circles.
     
  7. Dally Banjo

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    Maybe get her a black shirt & yellow & red cards :lol:
     
  8. luvmydogs

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    :lol::thumbup:
     
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