Do Tell: Do Your Pups Behave Like Their Ancestors?

Although I've got pets on the brain almost nonstop, sometimes new ideas strike me when chatting with pals. Take yesterday, when my friend (who moved to southwest London with her rescued Cocker Spaniel) complained to me that Lola loves the Thames but constantly tries to edge closer to get the birdies. Not only is she worried her dog will jump in, but it's hard to walk because it seems like Lola forgot all her training and now has a mind of her own.

I've seen a sheepdog try to "herd" passersby on the sidewalk in Pacific Heights and other working dogs like these retrievers that seem to instinctively want to perform the jobs they were bred to do . . . like fetching for hours on end!

What's even more interesting is how another friend's shepherd/retriever mix exhibits behaviors from both the herding and the working groups . . . do your furry friends act like this as well? Share in the comments below.

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