Do Herding Dogs Make Good Pets?
Author: Kevin Johns - ArticleCity.com
It isn't so much a matter of physical exercise, although that would make them very happy and tired. Mental exercise is an absolute must for herding dogs. With proper training and socialization, they are wonderful pets.
Modern breed research and understanding suggests that even intelligent dogs need training. What happens to a lot of herding dogs that get taken to the shelters is that their owners don't bother to train them. They hear the breed is intelligent and expect it to train itself.
Also a lot of the shelter dogs are impulse buys from pet stores, flea markets and parking lots by people who have no understanding of what a herding breed needs. An untrained and unsocialized herding dog can be a nightmare for a family with young children because they can and often do become very protective and territorial.
That can lead to the dog acting out aggressively based on his natural protective instincts or based on his fear. This is a broad generalization and not all dogs will react this way, but a strong guardian instinct is part of the herding breed standard. This is not surprising because they have been bred since ancient times to guard the farm, ranch, family and livestock.
Positive reinforcement training and consistent socialization are essential to living in peace (and having peace of mind) with a herding dog breed.
About the author: Dear Dog Owner,
Grab this free course before Kevin comes to his senses!
Right now, Kevin Johns is giving away an awesome course called "PAWs Canine School". Basically, the course is a series of videos that will walk you through everything you need to know to train your dog at home like a pro... complete with an order page, payment links, a protected download area, and much, much more.
Even if you've never heard of terms like clicker training and positive reinforcement, Kevin is going to hold your hand and show you, step-by-step exactly what you need to do to get YOUR DOG up and taking orders - today!
The best thing is...it's free!
You really need to see everything that Kevin is giving away... ==> http://www.restaurantandbar.org/thankyou.html
Powered by CommonSense CMS script - http://www.sensesites.com/