If you’ve ever watched a dog herd sheep, you probably won’t be surprised to find out that it isn’t just instincts that make that pooch such a valuable worker. More likely than not, his or her owners put a lot of training and patience into that pup when it was just a little bundle of fuzz.
Still, even the smartest dogs are expected to make mistakes when they’re learning something new, right? At least, that’s what Rosalyn Edwards must have been expecting before her sheepdog, Rocky, performed his herding job with just a little bit more effectiveness than she’d anticipated.
See, while Rocky technically managed to herd sheep with expert precision, he did so in a way that left Rosalyn with her jaw on the floor…
If you’ve ever watched a herd dog work, you know it can be an almost mesmerizing experience. To see a working dog do what they were born to do with such skill is a truly special thing…
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While many herd dogs are hardwired for the job, there’s still a great deal of training necessary to ensure they get things done with the necessary patience and precision. Like babies, young herd dogs are also prone to mistakes when learning a new skill.
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Recently, one woman and her family found out that herd dogs can be a bit… overzealous… when they’re not fully trained for the job. In fact, thanks to the work of her seven-month-old border collie, Rocky, Rosalyn Edwards of Devon, England, ended up with quite the mess on her hands!
The story began one day when, as Rosalyn put it to one publication, “My son and husband had gone out into the field, and the gate was left open.” In that field were the nine sheep that Rosalyn and her husband, Andrew, owned…
With the gate open, Rocky, being a fresh and excitable herding dog, decided to do his job with all the vigor and confidence of a new employee trying to prove himself. Wasting no time at all, he went to work…
Meanwhile, Rosalyn was working in the kitchen and preparing a meal for the family. That’s when she heard a strange noise behind her. She turned around and saw something that made her jaw drop…
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Rocky had led all nine sheep right into the house through the back door! “I thought it was funny at the time,” Rosalyn said. The situation turned patently less funny, however, once she was hit with the stark reminder that sheep were not indoor pets for a reason.
“There was quite a lot of wee, poo, and mud everywhere,” Rosalyn said. “It took me a little while to clean it all up.” In the video, which you can see here, she and her husband can be heard shooing the sheep away—to no avail.
Eventually, Rosalyn and Andrew were the ones who had to play sheepdog. “I took the children into another room and then tried to guide the sheep out,” she said. With a little work, she led the sheep out the front door and back into their home outside, but not without leaving some more muck in their wake.
As for Rocky? Well, he couldn’t have been more proud with his work! “Rocky did look quite pleased with himself,” Rosalyn said. “But he’s going to need more training.” In the end, though, she at least reflected on the situation with good humor. “He brought a whole new meaning to ‘bringing the sheep home,'” she said. Just watch Rocky herd the sheep into the kitchen in the video below…
Okay, so maybe Rocky needed a little bit more training. But at least he gave his owners a funny story to tell for the rest of their lives!
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