Australian Shepherd's Major Fail at Sheep Herding Class Is Both Hilarious and Impressive


Just like people--no two dogs are the same. Two littermates born mere minutes apart can grow up to look completely different and live opposite lives, but there are a few things--like instincts--that many dogs share in common. Every dog's instincts work differently, too, but it can be rewarding for them to follow those instincts, whether when hunting, playing, or using their heightened senses.

When dog owners educate themselves about their dog's breed history, they can offer their buddies opportunities to put those breed-specific instincts into action. That's why dog owner Ava brought her Australian Shepherd, Koda, to a farm where he could try herding sheep! To her credit, it's a fantastic idea, but Koda's reaction to meeting the sheep on June 3 is too precious to miss!

OMG! Poor Koda did his best, but he's not a big fan of the sheep he met that day. Fair enough! He clearly wasn't in his element at this sheep farm, but hey--at least he tried his best. He may be a 'dud,' but he's the cutest little dud that I've ever seen. Ava should be proud of the unbothered, confident dog that she's raising, even if he's not following in his ancestor's pawprints.

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"I took my Aussie there too!" shared commenter @gretchen.wienerz. "She was called a 'pretty city girl with absolutely no natural herding instinct.'” Now that's too cute! What a sweet way to say that herding sheep wasn't her strongest skill. These shepherd dog owners know that every dog has their own talents, even if they take a while to dig out.

How Are Herding Dogs Trained?

As this video proves, not all herding dogs are natural herders--and that's ok! There are plenty of herding breeds out there, after all, and not every single pup needs to be an expert. The world needs plenty of couch potatoes and running buddies, too!

For dogs who are motivated to herd and lead sheep, training typically begins at a young age. It begins with desensitization to farm animals and environments alongside the same basic obedience training that any dog would master. The next step is to introduce herding-specific instructions, which an Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler, or Border Collie would begin practicing as soon as possible. They will work with small groups of sheep before graduating to the entire flock, but it can take months or years before they're comfortable guiding a flock (under your supervision, of course) on their own. For many dogs like Koda, though, one day of herding sheep is enough for one lifetime!

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