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I was just talking to Mitchell Grambauer and he said that watching this video in HD “beat the hell out of watching television”. He added that he was impressed about the calmness in the cattle and the dogs. “How far have you got to travel to see dogs able to guide livestock, even cows and calves, with both dominance and fairness?”
The initial cast from the young Milburn Bitch, Moss is perfect in my terrain. You can see that she cruises around the flight zone of the mob and stops at the weight point represented by a single cow who tests her mettle. As the cow yields from the correct amount of pressure, Moss continues her outrun to affect the lift on the mob. Tracker the Chief, and his daughter, Tracker Suki, assist her with some fairdinkum walk up, without violence but with intent.
In the interests of keeping the video short the next section is where some of the cattle, a couple of cows and a weaner need convincing that these dogs are the real deal and again without violence, they are reassured. The exact positioning of the Kelpies relative to the eye of the beast is what dominates each individual so that they find relief, not only in the mob, but while traveling along at the walk taking direction from their canine guides.
On the other side of the creek, Moss and Chief check the lead before running back along each side of the mob. This is a clever maneuver as it encourages the decision makers of the group to walk out in the correct direction. After this you can see Moss and Suki standing off, holding the mob, waiting for someone to open the gate. Even the cows with very young calves are calmly accepting the light guiding pressure from the dogs as they trust them to remain strong but fair.
Finally the bludger on the Ranger turns up to open the gate and count the mob through. Any thought of turning back is remote as the contract signed between cattle and dogs is now well cemented.
So to answer Mitch’s question please comment on the video especially if this type of work is the norm at your place but, also, if you noticed some different skills from the three dogs.