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Golf Course Dog Chases Geese

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That dog running in front of the golf cart doesn't have much to do any more. 

She likes it well enough -- running in front of the cart.  But it's not why they brought her here some seven years ago to the Westlake Country Club.

 Back then instead of carts -- she chased geese.

Dan Robertson/Golf Course Superintendent:  “We had as many as 40 to fifty here at one time.  And they dig into the grass in the golf course and when they have babies they can get aggressive and bother golfers and employees …Q Quite frankly they go to the bathroom a lot and that can cause problems.”

So -- Robertson found a program in Greensboro that trained border collies -- natural herders -- to pester Geese.  He brought Mave to Franklin County and the geese where history.

“It took a long time.  She had to chase them a lot the first couple of years to get them out of here.  And the last several years there hasn't been many at all,” said Robertson.

Mave doesn't hurt the geese, she just herds them -- makes them nervous.   Enough to move somewhere other than the golf course.

These days there are virtually no waterfowl on the ponds. 

No more geese to hiss at golfers and employees.

No need for golfers to watch where they step.

That means Dan has to find new things for Mave to do -- he teases her with false cart - starts.

Keeps her basic obedience sharp and even makes her practice swimming -- just in case the geese come back.

Sometimes they walk the course...  And when Mave finally gets tired...  She just gets in, and rides.

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