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In Instinct Test the dog must show sustained interest
in herding livestock, either going around them, gather-
ing them and moving them toward the handler, or moving
them ahead of the handler to drive them or a combination.
For boundary, the dog should show sustained
interest in working the livestock and honor the border.
In tests, dogs must demonstrate the ability to move
and control livestock by fetching or driving, and be sufficiently
trained to work at the proper balance point to move
the stock forward on the course. Dogs that constantly prevent
the stock from being moved in a controlled fashion,
or that chase or harass the stock, will not qualify.
Dogs may continue to enter tests to gain experience
after the title for that level is earned with no entry
Section 5. Instinct Tested Certificate. The
American Kennel Club will issue an Instinct Tested certificate
to an eligible dog that has been certified by two
different Judges to have qualified by passing two separate
licensed or member Herding Instinct Tests.
Section 6. Instinct Test Description and Test
Elements. The dog is brought into the arena on a long
line approximately 6-15 feet in length. At some point
while on the line, the dog must demonstrate a stop
(down, sit or stand) and a recall before the line is
dropped or removed. A dog, which cannot be recalled,
shall not be let off line. Dogs must be immediately
removed from the ring if physical force is necessary to
protect stock from the dog.