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 My Husky thinks she's a cattle dog

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Female Join date : 2013-02-03
Location : Colorado

PostSubject: My Husky thinks she's a cattle dog   Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:51 pm

I had to share my adventure this week. Its funny now, but at the time I was panicking and fuming in turns.

I was on a hike with some friends and our dogs. I had let Murphy off leash because she was being good- coming when I called and staying with the pack. This is pretty normal for us, I have worked very hard on her recall and usually don't have a problem. This trail, however, had sections of open space that cattle are grazed on during the winter. We ran into the herd. No big deal at first, I grabbed her leash and we walked by the cows. I thought we had moved past the herd (didn't drop her leash at this point, we were still too close) and wasn't paying close attention. She was. She saw a few stragglers and lunged quickly, managing to yank the leash out of my hand.

A merry chase ensued with Murphy nipping heels and chasing some very upset cows with me running after and calling for her. Finally she manages to herd her small group (she kept about 15 cows moving and together!) for about 10/15 mins until they came to a fence and couldn't go anywhere. She then decides she is bored of this game and is ready to come back. With cow crap ALL over her.

I'm learning that the Siberian Husky is a very versatile breed, they can do anything if THEY want to do it... She is very effective at moving cattle, just in the direction SHE wants them to go!

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Male Join date : 2012-06-19
Location : New Mexcio

PostSubject: Re: My Husky thinks she's a cattle dog   Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:52 pm

Haha, such a funny story!

Sounds like she had fun in the end, even though she got covered in cow poop.
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Female Join date : 2009-05-29
Location : Denver, CO

PostSubject: Re: My Husky thinks she's a cattle dog   Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:10 am

ThTs funny! But im sure not at the time. Jack and sierra were off leash yssterday and ran a head to a couple and their dog yesterday, jack came up behind them snaping his jaw, the guy got a hick out of it, glad he did not think jack was gonna bite him! They do keep us on our toes.

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Female Join date : 2013-06-03
Location : Newfoundland

PostSubject: Re: My Husky thinks she's a cattle dog   Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:22 pm

That sound's hilarious (and stinky) lol! 
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Female Join date : 2013-02-11
Location : NYC

PostSubject: Re: My Husky thinks she's a cattle dog   Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:03 am

That's too funny! We're huskies originally (in Siberia) bred as livestock dogs, but because of their toughness and endurance also were used for sled dogs?
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Join date : 2013-04-17
Location : South East Wisconsin!

PostSubject: Re: My Husky thinks she's a cattle dog   Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:17 am

Not a very big difference between hunting and herding. All dogs came from wild "canines" so they all have the hunting instinct buried in them someplace. At least Murphy seemed to be only playing and gave up once the chase stopped, mauled cattle can get to be expensive real fast!
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Female Join date : 2013-06-14
Location : Missouri

PostSubject: Re: My Husky thinks she's a cattle dog   Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:21 pm

Kenzi would like to chase some horses that live down the road from us. She gets excited when we walk by. It doesn't help that the horses are very reactive to her and start running and jumping as we walk by. The people who own them I'm sure hate us because it gets the horses stirred up, but the way I see it if they were better at training their horses they would have desensitized them to dogs since there are so many around that aren't on leash.

Kenzi got to try and chase cattle once. It only ended up in them chasing her instead. They are fun to watch.

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