Grimm, our big dupa, is currently a few days over 10 months of age. He doesn't show a whole lot of interest in "fetching" or doing any sort of extreme work. He does, however, enjoy acting like a clumsy cutting horse and moving Gidget around the yard to where HE wants her to go and where HE doesn't want her to go.
This weekend we're headed up to a farm about 20 minutes away that raises and trains herding stock (mainly Australian Shepherds, but will train and test any breed). They have various pens and areas for herding:
60 x 60 pen
94 x 64 pen
240 x 170 arena
5 acre field
6 acre field
And they use geese and sheep for herding, but they will bring in cattle under special request.
They said that they would test Grimm's herding instinct on a long, loose line. They also train on a long, loose line until the dog can work solely off voice and whistles.
The farm hosts trials that are ASCA, AKC, and USBCHA on a monthly basis and has herding training classes on Saturday mornings from 8am - noon.
We're excited that Grimmies may have a "job"
and so close, too. I will definitely post some pictures after this weekend.