Farmers get paid to let pet dogs herd their sheep

An interesting story on the American Public Media Marketplace website:

Border collies and other sheepdogs run into trouble because of their boundless energy. But some farmers get paid to let those dogs herd a real flock of sheep.

It was a Scottish Deerhound, a hunting dog, which won the Westminster Dog Show a couple of weeks ago in New York. But the popularity of herding dogs has come a long way in recent years too. We’re talking canines such as Australian Shepherds. So some sheep farms now let dog owners rent time with their flocks so their herding dogs can do what they do best.

You can read the full story here:

 I’ve seen some amazing border collies at the annual frisbee contest here in Anchorage on the Park Strip each summer.  The Alaska Dog News posted our our Facebook page ( that a list of Alaska herding clubs can be found on their club listings at

Do you own a herding breed or other dog that “needs a job”? What do you do to help them work out their energy?


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