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    Default Treibball New Herding Game

    I was looking for a way to harness a city border collie sheep Herding ability
    I found this Treibball YouTube - ‪Treibball‬‏
    how to teach Treibball YouTube - ‪How to Teach The Basics of 'Treibball' or 'Push Ball': A Great New Game for Energetic Dogs!‬‏

    I want to know if you think this will help

    I was like yes a way to uses those old gym balls

    have you played this game ??

    Do you think you could uses trodictinal sheep herding ques like "away to me" and "come by" etc to teach this game ?

    and any other comments welcome
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    Looks fun for any herding breed. Before the dog started to move the balls, I was expecting it to move them all at once like sheep flock. But I suppose one at a time still works the herding instinct.

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    yeah I was thinking that too I wonder if you could do that move them all maybe if you played with more then one dog

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    Personally I dont think it is anything like herding and I think any dog could do it as it a lot of pushing the ball with the nose and body which is definitely not what you want in herding. A good herding dog works calmy at a distance from their sheep and controls the sheeps movement by a combination of cover and eye and the ability to read what the sheep are going to do next. Contact with the sheep is strongly discouraged unless warranted, and fizzy excited dogs are not conducive to good stockwork either.

    However it could be a lot of fun for a dog that is energetic and loves to play with balls and would probably require quite a bit of skill and connection between handler and dog, which is always a good thing. It wont help with herding but you could have a lot of fun with your dog.
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    ok so then how do you focus a herding dog in the city what would you do to uses some of that herding ability

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shedeivl View Post
    ok so then how do you focus a herding dog in the city what would you do to uses some of that herding ability
    Personally if I lived in the city I would do agility or flyball or any game. The only way to know if your dog has any usable herding ability is to try them on sheep. My showbred BC I discovered is not good on sheep as she lacks cover and force. She flanks naturally but cant move the sheep, but she enjoys agility.

    See if you can find someone on the outskirts of where you live that will assess your dog and see how you go and give you a lesson. I know a couple of city people with working bred dogs who do this, but there is a lot of travelling and committment involved.

    If your dog is working bred it might have good natural ability or it might not, it really depends on its breeding. My working bred BC for instance has a brilliant natural cast but is a bit too pushy and busy on sheep so I have my work cut out keeping him under control. There is not a lot of running about on small numbers of sheep it is more about quiet control, he finds this frustrating LOL as he wants to run.

    Actually I just had a thought - ducks! There are actually herding trials with ducks. If you know someone with ducks or have space yourself this might be a possibility you only need 3-5, but get some lessons so you understand what herding involves. It is pretty technical and relies on your dog having genetic natural ability that you can work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    Actually I just had a thought - ducks! There are actually herding trials with ducks. If you know someone with ducks or have space yourself this might be a possibility you only need 3-5, but get some lessons so you understand what herding involves. It is pretty technical and relies on your dog having genetic natural ability that you can work with.
    actually, if it is true work bred lines and in the city, this is a very, very good idea

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    You can get the eggs too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    You can get the eggs too!

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    Do chicken work just as well or not as good as ducks?

    Or are chicken just not herded in general? lol

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