Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My round pink sheep

I have a new Job.

For those of you who know me, you'll know that I like to chase. I like to herd. (I do not fetch.) This is my Job when I am in the Park with other Dog friends - I chase and herd and make sure the other Dogs come back to their people.

My person says that I am not allowed to have sheep or cows in our yard. This means no real herding for me. So I have just been honing my skills on other Dogs.

But then, something amazing! My person got me a round, pink sheep!


Here is how it works.

I already knew what my person meant by the word "touch". (I am very clever, you know.) But she taught me that "touch" can become "push" - this is when I bonk even harder with my nose.


I already knew how to "go around". And I also knew what "go to mat" means. (Again, I am very clever.) But my person put the two things together, so now I go around my big pink sheep and lie down on my mat. Or sometimes even on the ground, but that is harder to know where to go.


This is my starting position, and I am so excited by what's coming next that I try to run to my as fast as I can!

I go to my position and I wait. I am very patient. I am Good Dog.

The next part - and this is my favourite! - is when my person finally says "Push!" I stand up and whack that big pink sheep as hard as I can with my nose! If I do it many times in a row it rolls towards my person. She gets very excited. I have brought home the Round Pink Sheep!



There are other Dogs learning this Job too.




My person calls this "treibball". That is a funny sounding word to me. I like "urban herding" better. But it doesn't really matter, because it's about food and fun and working with my person. And my big, round, pink sheep, of course!


By the way, Trainer is there at classes too! She is one of my favourite people outside of my family. Not only does she give good pets, but also she belongs to Simon. Simon is my best Dog-friend in the whole wide world. Here is a video of Simon and his big round sheep in the snow.


I can't wait to do my new Job again soon! I am a super-herder!!

Do you want to be a super-herder? Maybe you live in the same city as me? Here is how to find Trainer and this fun thing she's teaching me and my person!

8 comments:

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

You ARE a most SUPERIOR Urban Herder fur SURE... What major FUN this must be. Bravo BRAVO to the URBAN HERDER !!!

finnhoward said...

oh wow oh wow oh wow. You are very clever!!!! Excellent work!

rottrover said...

WOWZERS!! How fun is that!! I want to learn to herd a big pink piggy!!

-Otto

Prancer Pie said...

We are very impressed, Jacobi. Great job!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I like yo pink sheep, and you are amazingly smart! And the best part is that you are having fun!
love
tweedles

Molly The Wally said...

Jacobi that is some pawsome herding. We are hunters so not much herding here. We aim to eradicate all vermin from suburbia. Maybe we can team up and we will have all bases covered. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Two French Bulldogs said...

We never saw a herder like you. BOL bet it listens well to your herding skills
Benny & Lily

K-Koira said...

That looks like a lot of fun!