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Herding

Herdinging is the act of bringing individual animals together into a group.

Herding can be performed by people or trained animals such as herding dogs. Some animals instinctivly gather together as a herd while some predators, such as wolves and dogs have instinctive herding abilities.

Herding is used in agriculture to control domesticated animals. The people whose occupation it is to herd animals often have herd added to the name of the animal they are herding to describe their occupation (shepherd, goatherd). These -herds often use dogs to assist them and a competitive herding sport has developed in some countries where the combined skill of man and dog is tested and judged in a Trial. See sheepdog trials for more information.

When people are herded it is often known as crowd control. Herd behavior is an excessive collective behavior, for example in stock market bubbles

See also: List of collective nouns for non-human mammals

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