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hunting with a border collie?
Ok, just thought that title might get some attention.
Ever since we got the Tito monster at the tender age of 7-1/2 weeks, he stalks things that are in motion. Neither of my other 2 goldens does this. He will crouch (I swear, just like a border collie), wait for the moving object to get to whatever he must consider the correct distance/trajectory/diagonal, then FLIES into action in an all-out run to whatever he's been stalking (most often, another dog or a bird).
What do you hunting folks make of this? It's totally beside the point in obedience and agility, since I've never seen him stalk a judge (yet) so I've never given it much thought one way or the other except to laugh when I see him do it because it seems so typical of a herding dog, not a hunting dog. But that, of course, comes from someone who has never hunted and doesn't even know if that's normal in a hunting dog! Is this something that's common in goldens and my other 2 were just abnormal?
Mostly, is this something I should encourage/discourage/ignore?
Does it serve any purpose in a hunting breed?
The other thing he does, which makes me crazy but my other male does it too, is leaves something out in the yard 100 yards or more away (not visible) and comes in the house.
Then, at some point, often a couple hours later, for no apparent reason he will get up from his bed in the house and ask to be let outside. He will go immediately and directly to where he left the toy or ball, bring it back in, and go back onto his bed with it.
So a lot of people say dogs can't "think". What makes him suddenly decide to go get the toy/ball that he left in the yard hours ago?
CH Rosewood Little Giant VCD3 UDX VER RA TDX MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD AN UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"
Last edited by hotel4dogs; 01-13-2009 at 01:36 PM.
Reason: fixed a silly error