ST. CLOUD, Florida. – There’s a new option for getting your dog off the couch for some exercise this summer.
Linden Hollow Sheep Farm in St. Cloud allows dogs to tap into their wild side.
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Natalie Cole said her grandmother started the unique business with shelties.
“We used to show Shetland Sheepdogs in confirmation and also wanted to compete with them in breeding. So my grandma got a few sheep for herself to work on her dog and we started from there when I was very little and have been going there ever since,” Cole said.
Cole gave News 6 presenters Matt Austin and Ginger Gadsden a behind-the-scenes look at training on the Fourth Estate in Florida.
She said that when people bring their pet dogs to the property, some of them act like “they were born and raised on a farm.”
“It’s just hard-wired (into their) DNA. So when they say they have their pup that lives in an apartment and they want to bring him in for breeding classes and he goes out and does what he’s supposed to do, that doesn’t surprise me at all,” she added. .
Ginger takes her dog Finn to the farm and says when he goes he gets a great workout and comes home tired.
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As well as tapping into their natural instincts, Cole said the dogs also had a boost in confidence after visiting the farm.
“I’m going to bring people in who say, ‘You know, my dog’s a little shy, my dog’s a little scared of people’ and stuff like that, so often we’ll bring the dogs here if they’re bred for that and we get them on sheep and a totally different dog comes to life they’re not afraid of things they come out of their shell they learn to do that and it’s something they love and it keeps their brain busy and it’s a good stimulation for them,” Cole said.
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