The dogs herd management appeared in Europe in the mid-fifteenth century and was developed in the British Isles in the sixteenth century, the herding dog sports was widespread across the continent in the XVII century and their selection and development are being made today.
A good herding dog must be energetic and intelligent, faithful, obedient, have excellent vision, good hearing and excellent sense of smell. These dogs should be able to take initiatives.
Herding Dogs communications
The herding dog is very important for the pastor; The dog unites the teammates and has the ability to control other team members with body movements and eyes.
The duties of a herding dog are many: to know all the flock, be able to drive in any direction, must be capable of analyzing terrain to avoid difficult or dangerous places and be able to go alone to find a sick or lost animal.
The education of herding dogs starts at an age of 4 to 5 months. The dog is first taught to make contact with the herd and familiarize itself with it and then the dog is shown the track of herd.
Once the dog learns about the herd and shown its interest in the training then the next phase is to get hold of different commands like left, forward, push, down, slowly, and come. These commands are necessary for the herding process.
A shepherd dog must obey the voice or whistle, it is important to always watch his flock but never disobey the master.
The ultimate herding dog is the Border collie, the great advantages of this breed is its intelligence and speed and ability to do the job without barking, ie without stress to livestock.
Herding dogs are not only trained to work, various kinds of contests are also held for the dogs, today there are thousands of dogs in the world dedicated to driving cattle in sports.
A type of herding dogs
Another Type of herding dogs is the protective dogs. These dogs have great stature and their sole function is to deter the predators. They just have to spend enough time with the herd because their natural instinct is to protect the owner and herd. There is no need for training.