If you own a Border Collie you’re more than familiar with the “Border Collie Slink.”
Also known as “the Collie walk,” some sheep dogs will use this funny little walk for both work and play.
This crouched walk is a form of predatory behavior that has been modified for herding. Border Collies are excellent sheep dogs because they are incredibly intelligent and independent. Through decades of domestication, the Border Collie’s herding instincts have become so ingrained that some owners will visit farms and “rent” time with sheep to let their urban pet herd.
In this video posted by A Sheepdog Diary, the owner of several sheep dogs captured the moment two Collies began to sneak up on the group. She noticed what was happening and pulled out her camera. Many viewers assume the entire video was set up, but the owner insists it was not. She did cue the oldest dog to stay put. “The only ‘forced’ behaviour was to put Womble Bum in a down stay when everyone else had put themselves into their own downs,” she said in her blog. “Once she was down, the Cafe Latte Girl started walking up onto the Handsome Lad at which point I started filming – there was quite a lengthy bit of walk missed as the camera wasn’t on.”
Watch what happens when the two sneaky Collies catch up to the rest of their pack.
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