I like me some Bill Whittle. He writes pretty. I think that I first heard of the sheepdog analogy from him; I could be misremembering.
But, don’t forget what the sheepdog’s job really is. That dog is there to keep the flock safe for the sheepherder.
Until that sheepherder decides that it is time to bring the flock in for sheering or slaughter, whichever the case may be. The sheep still end up mutton, or shorn. Sometimes both.
The dog doesn’t fight the shepherd. That is not his job.