The neighbor's nuisance cat got into the pool area this morning and attacked DUCK on her nest. The terrorized bird put up quite a racket. Luckily, I happened to be home at the time. I ran outside and grabbed a hose, but couldn't quite hit the accursed cat, which was, shall we say, persistent. DUCK fell off the coping into the pool.
I threw open the gate and hollered for Cassie, who came shooting out of the house forthwith, followed by the puppy.
Welp...I've never sicced her on anything before, and as a practical matter she loves cats. But when I pointed at the predator and hollered GET THAT CAT! she flew around the south side of the pool and pursued the monster into the bushes. Ruby shot around the north side and also leapt into the shrubbery.
Cassie, weirdly, has always followed hand commands. Off a lead or on a long training lead in an open area, she will go any direction that I point, and she also responds to the word "Forward" by moving straight ahead in the direction I happen to be facing. Ruby, however, is a marginally trained pup who hasn't even had adequate obedience training, thanks to my incapacitation during her formative months.
The cat jumped back over the wall. Cassie, apparently not seeing that, continued to search for it under the bushes. Ruby, not finding anything very interesting in the foliage, came back out and tried to go after the hysterical duck, now in the middle of the pool. To my astonishment, when I hollered "NO! Leave it!" from all the way across the pool, she stood down.
Not having seen the cat escape, myself, I pointed back in the direction of the Texas sage and repeated "GET THAT CAT!" And by golly, she ran back into the shrubbery and started searching around.
As the dust settled, she again evinced great interest in the floating duck, which was quacking frantically. But again, at "NO, leave it!" she stood down.
Corgis must have herding instinct in the extreme. A Gershep is also a herding dog, but I've never had one (and I've had a bunch of 'em) that would have done that. I don't think I've ever had a German shepherd that interpreted any hand commands than the ones for "sit," "down," and "stay." They would follow your line of sight, but none of mine would follow the direction I was pointing in.
A dog that herds cats. Think of that.