by the way the offer I made is genuine . I don't require that you get a title or an HGH , just honest participation for one year starting from an age where you are not at the sidelines with arms folded watching, at an age when Meghan or the trainer says - all right then let's have a look .
This is a win win . In the end you get a full refund . I benefit because it is another test of my dogs, which unhappily I can not personally participate in because of distance. It allows me to gather information and understanding on the expression of behaviours which I am trying to conserve , herding and all the other linked traits.
Hunt search, prey, ability to control prey drive , that on and off switch, biddability, recognizing and fitting into routine and ordered structures , mental endurance, physical endurance , reliabilty and trustworthiness.
Tracking . This is a trait which I am really concentrating on as it requires independant and co-operative work, decision making , intelligence , can be made useful in so many applications in law enforcement and is a trait over looked , no glamour at the trials . Birch-Bark Hill: UTDX Track for Blast Sunday
that is Blast who just had his 3rd BD . He was doing accurate SchH tracks at 4 months. The trait is shared by his ancestors and we are about to see if they are transmitted in a litter his sister may be having .
Explanation -- herding is inhibited prey drive , and herding dogs have hunt drive and guardian ability built into them.
Pretty natural instincts made useful .
Did you know that in the von Stephanitz book which everyone quotes but few have read there are pages of description of the farm dog and the wandering shepherds (tending) dogs behaviours. In one place he describes the dog needing powerful ability for scent disrimination and talks about dogs going out into the fields or across the paths into fellow herders flocks to identify , isolate and bring back sheep that belong to his master's flock. That is amazing.
This goes far beyond the border collie type wild eyed chase in a round pen.