Herding Corgis

For those of us who love to watch our corgis doing what they were bred to do. Anyone with a corgi in herding, or anyone interested in herding, come join. We can share anecdotes and advice!

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Video of Shelly herding, need advice

Started by Nichole and Shelly!. Last reply by Nichole and Shelly! Feb 11, 2010. 2 Replies

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Comment by Ashlee Taylor on September 29, 2010 at 10:33pm
My Tallula is 5 months now and we started her on working the sheep. She's really good when I tell her down she stops and lays down, How do I go about teaching her to "way around" and the direction I want her to go in?
Comment by Tammey & Caven on June 29, 2010 at 8:30pm
Tammey, Bear, and I are on the road again. I am sure that you all don't know but at the end of every trip when we get home I moan and cry about being too old for this job and say that I am never going out again. Then they offer me a job going some place that I love and there we go "again". On this trip we left Dallas headed for El Paso and Las Cruces and then up through White Sands and the Apache Reservation (yeah, we just got back from there) to Roswell and then on up to Fritch, Tx. Fritch is a very small cattle/oil town in a beautiful desert canyon just north of Amarillo. There we were loading a young U.S. Park Ranger and his wife's household on to our truck to take them to Atlanta, Ga. And it was there, while I was empting out their barn, that we encountered the Bad Goats.

They did not seem to be bad or evil goats until the Ranger's young wife held the pasture gate open for me to pull a boat out from the barn then the two of them shot out of the pasture over the cattle gard, as if it were not there, and into the front garden of the lovely farm house where they promptly started devouring the carefully placed shrubs and flowers that adorned the yard. Immediately, the Ranger's wife became incensed and yelled "Bad Goats, stop that you evil things and get back in that pasture!" The ravaging goats not only ignored her pleas but would bolt from shrub to shrub and flower to flower bleatting in defiance through mouths filled with pansies and hydrangea as we tried in vain to corral them. The quaint farm house was rapidly loosing curb appeal by the mouth full when an idea hit me. "Tammey" I call to the farm house "come quick and bring Bear!"

Tammey stepped out onto the porch and immediately saw what was happening. Without a seconds delay she hooked two fingers into the corners of her mouth and let loose and ear spliting whistle that brought Bear bounding from the cool shade of the trailer where he was laying and fearlessly in amongst the belligerent goats. Although, it was his first encounter with goats he carried a calm confidence about himself as he paused to pee on a clump of yellow pansis before trotting up to the apparent leader of the evil goats.

The devil eyed beast look down from the hydrangeas and seeing Bear approach bolted for the road but never had a hope of escape. Bear shot past the fleeing animal and yapped a quick bark as he nipped at the front of the goats thundering hooves. The terrified animal turned sharply to the left and Bear turned with him as if he were reading the doomed animals mind . Another expertly place nip at the razor sharp hooves and the animal was turned again this time dirrectly toward the gate. Bear dropped back a step and quickly snapped the air to the left of the goats rump and then the right and then the beast was back in the pasture. Bear, somehow knowing that that part of his job was complete, immediately turned his attention to the other goat but she apparently known her fate needed little encouragement to follow the foiled leader of the rampage back into the pasture where all evil goats belong.

Although, we knew that Bear was a very smart and capable pup we are now faced with the task of designing him a cape. Any suggestions?
Comment by Miri, Bailey and Cali on May 9, 2010 at 9:32pm
Fran, we actually went to a different herding place today...and this might be better for Ranger. They put the beginning dogs in a smaller area. Ranger won't have nowhere really to go...if he moves, he will encounter sheep. I know you don't like to go too far away. This is in Riverside. It's quite a drive, but it is on the weekends, and we really liked it today.
Comment by Fran & Ranger on May 9, 2010 at 10:43am
Well how funny Miri and Bailey, Ranger and I met you the last two weeks at Easy's! Ranger is just over a year and has tried out herding the last two weeks. Not showing much interest but he's kind of a chicken. I too am hoping it will kick in but don't want to waste too much time and money if he is "destined to be a sidekick pet". He 100% corgi so I know that instinct is in there somewhere. Anyone with words of wisdom?
Comment by Robert Kelly on May 9, 2010 at 12:04am
I have a year old corgi that got the fear of god put in her when she was eight weeks old by a horse that tried to paw her to death. She was just eight weeks old at the time. She goes with me horse back and I would like to have her help with the herding sometimes but she stays too far away from the livestock to be any help. Is this dog ruined for herding? Or is there a trick? I dont have any small stock to train her with. If I found some ducks or sheep would she gain enough confidence for yearlings? Or is this dog just destined to be a sidekick pet?
Comment by Miri, Bailey and Cali on April 13, 2010 at 1:55pm
so a couple of weeks, our trainer told us that Bailey is about trial ready. I was kind of shocked. I have to admit I didn't jump into herding with as much knowledge as I did into agility, and I haven't been trying to figure out what exactly is going on. My husband is in charge of herding (and he hasn't done much research either). We never really planned to have Bailey compete. We just started herding as a fun thing to do for her. She is loving it so much, and we have been taking her to herding every Thursday since November (I think we missed twice in all that time).
When our teacher told us that Bails was ready, the hubby and I talked about it and though, that we should just give it a try. We will enter her in a trial just to see how it goes. We actually went to observe a trial last weekend to even see what it is like since we have never even seen a trial. It was very informative and we came to the conclusion that Bails is in fact ready to compete.

However, I am still so green about herding trials. Anyone have any advice, tips, or tricks for us? I will let you know when we are going to trial and how it went once it is all over. :-)
Comment by Nichole and Shelly! on April 2, 2010 at 11:27am
Makes perfect sense, Her Lie Down used to be perfect (best in the class even) but for some reason that class she just lost it, I dont know what happened, but Ive been working on it all week and hopefully it will be better on sunday

Thank you for your suggestion : ) its much appreciated!
Comment by Nichole and Shelly! on April 1, 2010 at 6:57pm
Comment by Nichole and Shelly! on March 30, 2010 at 11:00pm
Ok so we didnt go in the field over the weekend but we did practice for our first trial and it went SO WELL! Really ! Shelly has been doing so well the past couple of weeks. Sadly my video camera AND my reg, camera decided to not work that day. But a buddy of mine was able to video tape us on our second run of the day, the first run was very difficult mentally for little shelly so on this run we were just letting love herding again (if that makes sense) but still, if have seen that last video we posted I think you'd be impressed with how well she is progressing : )

I hope the link works Im still waiting for my friend to post the vid on youtube but its up on my facebook if anyone would like to check it out : )!/video/video.php?v=383916723146&ref=mf
Comment by Nancy Geddes on March 23, 2010 at 6:44am
Oh yes, get someone to video!!! We should be resuming our lessons shortly as soon as the fields harden a bit more. There has been lots of rain down here in Tidewater Virginia. I am almost afraid to start Tasha out this season because I know it's going to be a lot of obedience. Tasha's definition of easy is just under 70 miles an hour!!

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