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Expo goes to the dogs

October 17, 2007

Moultrie -- A crowd favorite at the Sunbelt Expo is the stock dog trials. As many as 80 of them tested their skills Wednesday.

Border Collies gave both sheep and cattle the run-around in the fields. The course is a smaller version of the traditional English and Scottish courses.

Dogs are judges in several categories.  "They score the movement of the sheep, straight lines between the obstacles, and how smooth and quiet the sheep move around like you would move them around," says Stock Dog Competitor David Saunders, whose dog Jake demonstrated his skills.  

The Collies begin their training at 18 months and often work until they're 12. One dog can do the work of three or four people.

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