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Herding breeds like Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Shetland Sheepdogs are ideal candidates to participate in trials for the type of work that they were meant to do – herding trials. Depending on the club that you decide to participate in, rules will vary. However, activities typically include training your canine to herd stock from a pen and guide the herd through an obstacle course. It's a great way for energetic canines to use some of their natural instinct.