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08-24-2014 11:02 AM
dogfaeries I think you'll be fine. Sage grabbed the one sheep by the butt, but didn't hurt it. Just got a mouthful of wool. She's all about chasing, but managed to pull her brain together to listen.
08-24-2014 07:51 AM
Liz&Anna
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Did an instinct test for my dog just this past wed. Like you I wasn't sure what he would do, especially after the way he pulled and cried to get to the sheep when he saw them at the fence. I was nervous. The facility had us sign a waiver and noted we were responsible to pay for any hurt sheep.

Once inside the ring the first few seconds he ignored the sheep and tried to eat the sheep droppings! Which the tester said was normal lol. The tester took the long line and brought him close to the sheep, which started to move away from him. When he realized he could chase the sheep he got really excited a little too excited. The tester used a stick with a milk jug attached to it and pointed it at him, which he ignored and tried to run around, duck under and jump over it to chase the sheep. He got the hang of it really fast that he was to stay on the outside and not keep the sheep up against the fence. He did try to nip them in the butt a few times but didn't bark at all. The tester/trainer brought him back in, off leash, after doing some more tests for a free lesson and went over his herding style and how he would do some tending lessons with him. He didnt want to stop herding and the trainer had to tell him thats enough, twice before he came to the gate to be leashed. The tester trainer, which is also a judge said he did excellent for the first time ever seeing sheep. I'm so glad I tried it even though I was nervous. We are starting weekly lessons friday.

Please let us know how ur experience goes.

That sounds so cool! I'm scared, hahah they sent me the schedule and the waiver to sign about injured sheep :/

They don't have any open slots until September, hahah I'm scared even thinking about it and it's so far away, she better not hurt any sheep >:[
08-23-2014 09:43 PM
Msmaria Did an instinct test for my dog just this past wed. Like you I wasn't sure what he would do, especially after the way he pulled and cried to get to the sheep when he saw them at the fence. I was nervous. The facility had us sign a waiver and noted we were responsible to pay for any hurt sheep.
Once inside the ring the first few seconds he ignored the sheep and tried to eat the sheep droppings! Which the tester said was normal lol. The tester took the long line and brought him close to the sheep, which started to move away from him. When he realized he could chase the sheep he got really excited a little too excited. The tester used a stick with a milk jug attached to it and pointed it at him, which he ignored and tried to run around, duck under and jump over it to chase the sheep. He got the hang of it really fast that he was to stay on the outside and not keep the sheep up against the fence. He did try to nip them in the butt a few times but didn't bark at all. The tester/trainer brought him back in, off leash, after doing some more tests for a free lesson and went over his herding style and how he would do some tending lessons with him. He didnt want to stop herding and the trainer had to tell him thats enough, twice before he came to the gate to be leashed. The tester trainer, which is also a judge said he did excellent for the first time ever seeing sheep. I'm so glad I tried it even though I was nervous. We are starting weekly lessons friday.
Please let us know how ur experience goes.
08-23-2014 12:25 PM
Liz&Anna I just went to the website for the person who gives lessons here, she is an AKC judge and AHBA herding trial judge, sent her an email to see if I can have Anna tested, sounds really cool! I'll keep you guys posted
08-23-2014 12:22 PM
Liz&Anna
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The tests that we did were AKC instinct tests. Pass 2 tests under 2 different judges and you get a certificate. AKC Herding

Thank you for the link that was super helpful!
08-23-2014 12:18 PM
mspiker03
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Wow! That's really cool! I had no idea, I just thought it was for fun, I know GSD herd by circling, like an invisible fence, can they do the things that border collies do? Like moving the sheep through openings? I know nothing about this stuff

My friend has her GSD competing in open border collie trials. Not that every GSD will go that far, but it is certainly possible to do border collie type AKC and AHBA events and do well at them!


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08-23-2014 12:11 PM
Steve Strom I remember I trialed and got some title beyond the test. He worked the sheep around a large corral and around some things then back and into a pen. I don't think it was AKC though, some other herding association or something?

Of anything I've ever done, you talk about something that was all the dog. I don't think I did anything more then walk around with a staff and watch. Lol.
08-23-2014 12:02 PM
elisabeth_00117 Yes, they can be taught to gather sheep/livestock as well. My female does a bit of both (tending and gathering). I personally like gathering as it is more fun for the handler (to me anyways).
08-23-2014 12:00 PM
Liz&Anna Wow! That's really cool! I had no idea, I just thought it was for fun, I know GSD herd by circling, like an invisible fence, can they do the things that border collies do? Like moving the sheep through openings? I know nothing about this stuff
08-22-2014 11:19 PM
mspiker03
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Where I went it was with a judge, but because of AKC rules she couldn't hand out any certificates(club affiliation politics) so we just went for an evaluation. There is so little interest in herding in this area, it is sad. We have a local judge who travels all over the US judging, yet in her own back yard, she can't hold trials due to lack of participation.

I am lucky that I have a wonderful trainer who absolutely loves Paisley. Not a ton of trials where I am, so I will have to travel at some point. But, we have a bit because she doesn't want me to trial until Paisley is 2.


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