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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-09-2010, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Committment to herding

I am interested in getting Jiva into herding. I found 1 place 6 hours away, not doable. Another that's closer, but. . .
They won't instinct test unless I commit to herding once a week for 2 years.
I only get 2 days off a month. I can't commit to a once a week for even 2 months much less 2 years.
I'm disappointed. Should I give this idea up? If I keep looking might a find someplace that will let me hobby herd?
Do you go weekly?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-09-2010, 12:47 PM
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Best ideas....
Try the yahoo groups. One is large flock herding, the other is HGH herding.
If you do not have luck like that, then do a search of herding judges at akc.org. Also organizations like ASCA.

You should be ale to google each of the above to find links.
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What are yahoo groups?

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What are yahoo groups?
If you have a yahoo account, there is a section for yahoo newsgroups. You can usually pretty much narrow a search down to your local area and particular interest. Anything from cooking, doggy stuff, whatever... probably even colorist groups!
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ahhhh, nope not a yahoooer.

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Are there any herding trials you can go to?

We were able to instinct test at the trial. It was there that I found out about trainers in my area.

I never had to make a commitment, but it is addicting so you might find yourself going to training! If your dog is talented it may not take too long to get trained to the first level of titling. It all depends on your goals. Hope you can find something reasonable. I had to drive a long way also, so we didn't continue it after some time.

We went weekly whenever we could.

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I used to drive 7 hours once a month to herd. I stayed at my Mom's (but others who herded at the same place were staying in a hotel) and went herding for 4 days. I got several dogs trained and titled that way.
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I don't mean to hijack, but can someone tell what age a pup can begin these sort of things??

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Yahoo groups, yes you have to join but well worth it:
TendingDogs : Large Flock Herding

HGH-Herding-In-America : HGH Herding In America

AKC Search

ASCA

The closest person I have found to train with is 2-3 hours away, but that is not a GSD person. The closest GSD person is 6+ hours. Once the weather cools, I will probably drive the 6 hours once a month and try to stay over night to train.
So yes, even more of a time committment that schutzhund

AGE- most people say 2+ years. I think it would depend greatly on your dog and the methodology used.
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I have introduced 8 week old pups to sheep, but not really trained them until 6 months or so. My Keno started training at 6 years of age and got his herding started title at 8 years of age.
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