Delighted to be able to share something really special for those dog geeks amongst us. Even non-dog geeks (do any visit this blog?) – but especially those of you that love collies and working sheepdogs.
Many many thanks to Lorna whose fascinating blog can be accessed here: A SheepDog Diary. Enjoy the film! (please allow time for film to load below)
Lorna writes about the film here:
“The Collie Walk was filmed whilst experimenting with my camera, capturing what I see my dogs doing on a daily basis. Apart from dogs at play, what is the video showing? The two dogs ‘stalking’ (or ‘walking up’) are displaying traits for which Border Collies have been selectively bred. Many Collies have a herding instinct but in some it’s more pronounced.
In the video, the first collie to ‘walk up’ – Cafe Latte Girl – was introduced to sheep at 10 weeks of age. She had a strong work instinct with style and a strong eye. If there are no sheep, she will work the other dogs.
The second dog to ‘walk up’ was, by 4 months old, working very nicely around sheep.
So where does their focus lie in the Collie Walk clip?
Womble Bum is senior dog, both in age and status. She is the one in a down, closest to the camera. Handsome Lad was 2nd to join the group and it is clear from the clip that he is focused on WB. There is a 19 month age gap, so WB has always been there. It’s therefore natural that she should be his focus.
Cafe Latte Girl was next to join the group. Again, you can see from the video that her focus is clearly on HL.
Then we have the two Highland Hooligans who are also lying in a down on the hill. One works sheep, the other doesn’t.
There were few prompts given in the video, a couple of ‘walk ups’ and the release of ‘that’ll do’. However, the first prompt was only given after the 2 dogs started the ‘walk ups’ as they were doing what comes naturally. The two on the hill are quite content to watch the others.
On the release command, you can see that no one releases until WB goes … she is senior bitch, after myself of course! They’re all having fun but they maintain the group hierarchy.
Thanks for watching! Lorna”