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Sometimes they do, but sometimes they don't. This is most noticeable when they are following me and I switch from wheat to another item and back to wheat. Does anyone have any idea what causes this?

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Are you sure you are using Minecraft 1.9 Pre-Release? –  DemonicMushy Oct 23 '11 at 3:03
    
Definitely. They sometimes follow me when I'm holding wheat, but some of the time they don't. –  DanielGibbs Oct 23 '11 at 3:12
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Maybe they aren't hungry? –  user9983 Oct 23 '11 at 4:31
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For an animal to follow you when you are holding wheat they have to face you. This means their body has to be pointing straight at you for them to "see" you and then they'll follow. I find that just walking into their heads seems to get their attention.

You have to keep the wheat in your hand the whole time. If you switch they lose interest and go back to wandering aimlessly. Be careful not to run too far ahead and watch so that they don't fall into a hole or miss a jump.

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Ok thanks. If I do switch and they lose interest, can I just select the wheat and make sure they're facing me to make them follow me again? –  DanielGibbs Oct 23 '11 at 5:18
    
Yes you can..... –  DemonicMushy Oct 23 '11 at 5:34
    
They will be following you if and only if their faces are looking directly at you. –  Kevin Reid Feb 9 '12 at 16:46
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