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Jackie the Border Collie

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When we are at pasture with the sheep, Vanessa and I have the pleasure of working with Jackie, Mario’s border collie in training. She hasn’t perfected all of her commands, but mostly she gets them right, and makes our job much easier. The commands for collies are all in English (although Mario has inserted a few Italian commands into her skill set). It is a system developed in Scotland and used around the world: from Japan to Argentina, the commands will be the same.

Border Collies are famous for “the eye”, an instinctive glare that intimidates the sheep, which, when combined with a low predatory stance, is particularly frightening to the flock.

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