terrecar Posted June 28, 2012 Report Share Posted June 28, 2012 I was going through posts on a herding forum and read something about a lamb having run into the side of a pen and broken its neck. I think the dog working it was a PWC, though I don't remember for sure. The lamb was slaughtered right there. I've done an Earth Dog trial and Dachshund Field Trial or two (though the 'quarry' is caged in the former), so I do understand that we aren't playing with stuffed toys here. However, I would feel horrible if a dog I was running caused injury to an animal (even though I would expect to compensate the stock owner). This is my primary concern with "hobby" herding (though admittedly it is from the perspective of someone with zero knowledge and likely a number of misconceptions) and I mean this for myself, before anyone gets their dander up. I have to be honest and say I would be inclined to give it up if my dog caused a serious injury to stock. This brings me to my question: How frequent are injuries to stock (requiring slaughter) in the trialing community? Is this more of a problem with AKC herding due to the lack of real stockmanship? Also, for first introductions, what do you look for to decide if the dog might be too rough with stock (aside from the obvious)? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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