Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
That Was So Cool!
My dad went moose hunting up north this week, so I do the chores when he's away. This morning, out in the barn, one of the chicks had escaped their box/pen/enclosure thingy and was running around. These chicks are barely the size of my hand-way too small to be out running around under horses and cars and not to mention coons and weasels and stuff. So I tried slowly chasing/grabbing it, and it always got away (>.< yes, a 16-year-old can't catch a tiny chick, ha-ha).
By this time, Nina (our Border collie) had showed up and looked eager to help. She has never been taught how to herd anything, but it's obvious it's inherent in her-like, whenever we play, it always ends up with her "herding" me as I try to run away, or when a new animal comes home (like a kitten or a puppy, or even toddlers and small children-which yes, gets rather dangerous) she always tries to herd them around.
She's never been taught anything about real herding, but she responded exactly as I told her to, like "Stay there, Nina", "Go around there, Nina" "Don't let it through". She went where I told her to go when I pointed at a spot, and stayed still and laid down when I told her not to move. I panicked a bit whenever the chick ran directly towards her and she tried to nip it (not aggressively; she just didn't know what else to do) and yelled a bit, but otherwise it was awesome. After SO long chasing it around, we finally got it back to the box, and Nina totally didn't understand that we had finished. I'm like "Good girl Nina! We're finished! That's enough." and she just gets all confused and anxious and wanted to keep looking for it.
She didn't ever want to let it out of her sight (so when we had to go around and leave it for a few seconds, she was hesitant) and after we'd been working for a few minutes she got so intense and didn't want to heel, but that was pretty darn amazing for her first time ever doing something like this. I'm so proud of her. Anyways, just thought I'd share =)