- Aug 3, 2008
- Reaction score
- mountains of WV
Bay, of all the little puppies I've raised thus far, this one seems to have stolen my heart more. I don't know why. He's so easy going, but still spritely and puppyish as can be. He actually listens when I talk, cocks his little head and watches my face. He's quick to learn and doesn't get his feelings hurt over corrections. I smile every time I see him, he's just that engaging.Bee, what a nice puppy. I know you will give him your all, your very best. If anybody can do this, it is you. I will be following along on this journey. I have nothing to add as I have no experience with herding dogs, but I will applaud your efforts. Dooley will become a great dog under your training.
I have never heard of a Hanging Tree Cowdog, it was interesting reading about them. Truly a utility breed.
I don't know if I can do this kind of training but I'm excited to learn and also excited about Dooley's potential. He's not turned on, as they say, too much but he's definitely got the instinct...that's something I can work with. Not sure if I could train him if he was like his father....his father was clearly obsessed with the sheep and was busy herding them from outside the fence while we were there. His eyes never left the sheep, even with strangers on the land.
His favorite thing to herd right now is the cat, which he does a fair job of until the cat runs up a tree. He'll swing wide around the cat and then lie down in front of him, waiting for the cat's next move. The cat will run around him and Dooley will swing wide and try to cut him off. It's funny to watch and they both seem to be having fun. I say, if you can herd cats, you can herd anything!