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Cody's first time at herding sheep.

Larry MacLarry Mac Posts: 5,466 Admiral
Cody is my young Australian Shepherd. This weekend I drove back to his breeder who also has sheep, all the pens and is a judge at herding events. The breeder is near Quincy-- 30 miles west of Tallahassee. Cody did 6 sessions Saturday and Sunday. In a nutshell-- bad news-- good news.
Good news is he's a natural. Dave was able to advance him out of the small circular training pen very quickly. He rated the stock real well. I hope to use him on my cattle when he is older but sheep offer him learning opportunities in a safer environment( although I was flattened by stampeding sheep once this weekend-ouch)until he gets older and matures physically.
The bad news is it will cost a lot of money in lessons and entry fees if I choose to give him the opportunities to compete in herding events.
Cody's mom Mia is an accomplished stockdog. And his great grandad is one of only 3 dogs to win all 3 herding titles in one year( ducks, sheep, and cattle).
So its in his pedigree. First go at the sheep he was so excited he pretty much forgot everything he was taught. But by around the 3rd session on Saturday he was having so much fun he seemed to have a smile while working the sheep.

Here's Cody with mom Mia( all black)
Cody working in mid sized rectangular pen
The result of 4 sessions of herding on Ssturday


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