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I just got done reading a book regarding herding breeds as a whole, nothing notably specific on each herding breed. When I leash my dogs, it is almost always for loose leash purposes. I have always had to train them not to drop back and circle behind me to get to my other side. I prefer they stay to the left or in front.
The book stated that walking in a straight line is one of the most necessary things to teach a herding breed. Imagine my surprise to see that in writing as well as realizing that something I thought was generally dog centric but realized it is breed type related and what I had been experiencing.
What has been your experiences?
Mine can all walk a straight line. Why wouldn’t they be able to?
Herders want to drop behind or circle to herd.
Our Palestinian Canaan Hound was a lovely dog. I don't recall her having problems staying at heal on a leash. Off leash she was all over the place. When other dogs came to visit, she would play the game of herding them. I'm pretty sure she would have herded sheep like a champ with some training.
They are beautiful dogs. Very rare.
My gods. She was intelligent, loving, loyal, and when you looked in her eyes, you saw a person. It was uncanny. Then some idiot ran her down. Like a regular dog, she had little car sense.
I cried for a while when I heard . The funny thing is, my brother found her wandering the desert in Arizona. She was most certainly a purebred according to the pictures and descriptions. An amazing breed with an amazing story. First found as feral dogs, someone rescued the entire breed, put them to herding cattle. Unlike many herding breeds, it had a short coat, probably because it was a desert dog, but never developed the muddy brown, white and black swirls of many feral dogs. It had a proud tradition in the area, but didn't travel far from it.
It and the Pyreneese are my favorite dream dogs. Ok. I like Shepherds too. I had one of those as well but it had attention and disposition problems, wouldn't stop jumping on people. We didn't have a farm, and didn't use it as a working dog. It wasn't a good fit. Later my brother got a part german shepherd, part lab. The shepherd part made it go crazy when it found a scent, and it ignored our calls- at least until the hunt was over. It was the country, and there were plenty of wild turkeys to chase. Still a good dog.
I’m laughing at your descriptions of jumping dogs. They must be exercised and trained. My dogs have a default Sit or Down which keeps them from jumping. If their little butts are on the floor they aren’t in my face.
I looked up Canaan dogs. There are only 18 approved breeders in the US so it’s very difficult to even find one, they have a rigorous approval process.
Ha ha! Right out of the Belgian Malinois breed standard: "The breed shows a marked tendency to move in a circle rather than a straight line."