The use of dogs to assist in the movement of livestock from one location to another has been utilized for decades. Certain breeds, such as Border Collies, herd livestock instinctively; however, many non-herding breeds, like the Rottweiler, are frequently capable of being trained to herd as well. Herding is currently done for both functional purposes as well as a canine sporting event. Dogs and their human companions must work together in order to achieve precise movement of the animals. Due to the separation of human and dog during herding, a dog must have the ability to think for itself without becoming distracted in order to be successful. Herding can also be used to divide portions of the herd or to separate specific members of the herd. Herding events are growing in popularity, and some herding clubs have facilities that allow for non-ranching members to practice herding with their dogs. Training and coaching is often available through local clubs to encourage new members to participate. During competitions, many elements of herding are tested through various tests and trials. Courses are set up in order to exhibit specific aspects of herding in which the human and dog must work together to complete the course as specified by the judges. Herding tests and trails typically involve the movement of sheep and/or goats.
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Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff