I would like to dedicate this one to Roy Massicks a fellow New Zealander, Thank you Roy & Heather for all your lovely comments, support, and friendship….. Outrun: Standing at “the post”, the handler sends the dog away towards the sheep to start the run. The dog should go out in a pear shaped run, getting wider as it approaches the sheep. Towards the end of the outrun, the dog should move in behind the sheep, close enough to gain control, but leaving enough room to avoid disturbing them. Ace our son’s Border Collie
At Your Command I’m Ready For Outrun!
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Working Border Collies, bred to work in the hilly regions around the border of Scotland and England, have the instinct to “gather” sheep to their handler as opposed to other breeds that drive sheep ahead of their handler. Working Border Collies often need to work at great distances from and out of sight of their handler so need to display the ability of being able to work independently. The Working Border Collie uses a technique called “eye” to work the sheep. “Eye” is displayed by the dog adopting a crouching position and appearing to stare at (or concentrate on) the sheep which intimidates the sheep into moving away from the dog in the direction of his handler.
Today’s Working Border Collies are not that far removed from Old Hemp, they still have all of the characteristics and traits that were valued all those years ago. While they are still used to herd sheep and other livestock, they are also used as therapy dogs, Seeing Eye dogs for the blind and even by police forces in some parts of the world. All their ability, energy and endurance can be traced back to those dogs of the 18th and 19th centauries that were bred so successfully to create the Working Border Collies of today. Information from:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland NZ 2012