It seems that on an acreage, something is always going on. Like the other day, a whitetail doe was enjoying my horse's salt lick while the dog was laying there watching. Everything was cool until I stepped outside. The dog figured he had to do a token chase. The deer figured on a token run. Both moved about 20 yards and resumed what they were doing. The dog's duty was done!
The dog (he doesn't know he is a dog) is a Border Collie that was brought up on a cattle farm. We don't have any cattle so he figured horses will do as a replacement. Horses don't herd! They kick! So far I have seen him get nailed 34 times. The damage is one broken canine tooth, badly cut face, cut ribs and assorted bruises. A slow learner? Or very dedicated?
The next best thing for him is to lay nose to wire and watch the chickens for hours. He found that if he grabbed the wire, he could make a hole, get in and herd the chickens around. Pretty neat, actually. Unfortunately, chickens go out holes, so the variation was to herd chickens around the yard. With coyote, bear and the odd cougar around ,I had to dog proof the pen. he is now content to lay outside and watch again.
He reminds me of Ralph on the Wiley Coyote show.