An Eye-Witness Account by W. B. PRENTICE
Farmers, shepherds, and others may differ in their views of the utility of sheep-dog trials, but to the layman these exhibitions of perfect understanding between man and dog are always astonishing. He knows that by patient reiteration of sound and sign an intelligent dog may be taught to do some extraordinary things, hut the separation of one sheep from a flock and the driving of it gently but inevitably to an agreed point seems almost miraculous. In the course of their duties on the hills many sheep-dogs run between sixty and seventy miles a day without apparent fatigue unless the ground is stony, and perform, perhaps in a less dainty way, many of the evolutions seen at big sheep-dog trials.
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