I love watching working dogs do what they were meant to do. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of helping out at a sheep herding trial and watching several different compete. I was surprised at how many of breeds were represented – Border Collie, Rough-coated Collie, Rottweiler, Kelpie, Australian Cattle Dog, Samoyed and even a Bouvier des Flandres.
Unfortunately, I was so busy watching I often forgot to take pictures, but I did manage to snap a few. Enjoy!
The morning started chilly and wet, but we did get a small bit of sun.
Dogs competed with goats and sheep. Goat herding is a lot different than sheep herding. Here is one goat giving me “the look”.
Rough-coated Collie herding sheep. They herd so much differently than Border Collies.
Collies, Shelties and other breeds need to remain upright to appear intimidating to the sheep and maintain control of them. Border Collies and Kelpies use their “eye” to control the sheep.
Traine uses his eye to control the sheep,
Holding the sheep until the gate can be opened to let them in.
Moving up to the sheep to move them towards the exit gate.
A Border Collie at work. Amazing dogs to watch.
Traine drives the sheep.
Traine is told to “lie down” so the sheep can be loaded into the trailer. Even at this distance, he is an intimidating presence.
A Samoyed herding sheep.
A Samoyed chasing sheep (not what a handler wants to see).
Bouvier des Flandres herding sheep. A very different style than Border Collies or Kelpies.
Getting the sheep into the trailer.
A stormy and cold end to the day.