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The Competitive Boxer => Agility and Canine Sports => Topic started by: BoxIt on May 12, 2009, 10:12:19 PM

Title: Herding?
Post by: BoxIt on May 12, 2009, 10:12:19 PM
Well, today Marley was at work with me (she always comes) and we were pushing some cattle into a pasture and I had Marley on a leash with me.  The noises that came out of her were crazy! It sounded like I was killing her.  She was just WAY excited about the cows moving and really wanted to get in there and "play" with them.  I would love to get her into some maybe sheep herding?  Not sure...but some herding and was wondering if anybody has done this with their boxer and how they went about it, and also what 'traits' their boxer has inorder for them to excel in this?
I would want to do it for fun with Marley.  Nothing too too serious.  But having her a bit useful at work would be awesome!
Title: Re: Herding?
Post by: Newcastle on May 12, 2009, 10:52:00 PM
There are some Boxers who herd; of course the breed was used in the early days as a butcher's and cattle dealer's dog, so the instinct is there.  Hugo has a daughter who was herding sheep at 6 months old. :)

This is a video of Pip (not related to Hugo!), who has been gaining herding titles recently:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjRQj2MUvBY

The Dogwood Boxer Club had a Herding Instinct Test last year; so did the Boxer Club f San Fernando Valley:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb4jGe3yTNM

Title: Re: Herding?
Post by: BoxerPerson on May 13, 2009, 07:36:41 AM
Hmmmm...aren't those the same video???

Interesting none the less.
Title: Re: Herding?
Post by: Newcastle on May 13, 2009, 08:30:07 AM
Oops!  :embarassed:

Fixed it!
Title: Re: Herding?
Post by: BoxerPerson on May 13, 2009, 08:43:35 AM
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Herding?
Post by: Boxermom,K on May 15, 2009, 08:48:29 PM
Many boxers do great with herding. I have never competed in herding competitions with my dogs, but I have had 2 boxers that were good at herding cattle, my current girl Laila is one of them. Although I would never trust Laila with sheep....

I have always started with the basics of having the dog under control (leashed) and getting them exposed to the animal I want them to work with until they no longer react with excessive energy or vocalizations, then I go from there. The approaches I use really varies based on the dog's personality. I am sure there are some books that will tell you more about how to train a dog for competition herding though.
Title: Re: Herding?
Post by: 3BOXERS on May 18, 2009, 06:33:29 PM
Check with your local Border Collie club. They should be able to tell you who to contact for leasons. I was surprised to find out how many people there were around me that offered lessons. It is best to start with sheep. They do best with the boxer style of hearding.

Pip the hearding boxer is now doing tracking also. There is a video of it up on Youtube. It was done by the same peason who did the hearding one.
Title: Re: Herding?
Post by: ltournat on May 18, 2009, 10:19:07 PM
huh!  never would of thought boxers could do that! :thumbsup: