Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
herding instinct test results for us in Claremore OK
I posted this in the previous thread about herding classes in Oklahoma, but thought i would make my own thread about our experience at the instinct testing this weekend. So here I go again:
Going into this, I was anticipating Carly acting like a nut and trying to take out a sheep, and Sage barking her head off and running away... but.... this is how it went:
Carly qualified on both tests. Ya! That goofy girl got her herding instinct certificate.
The first test she was a little timid (not ever having laid eyes on a sheep before), but was interested. She did get head-butted, lol. Poor Carly, she looked so confused. She did okay and the judge passed her.
The second test, she couldn't wait to go in and see the sheep. She was much better and passed easily. It was so cool to see her move.
Sage qualified on the first test, but failed the second one.
She was timid as I expected. At first she seemed to think she was supposed to hang out with the sheep ("hey are you my new friends?"). But then she started barking at them ("hey you guys, DO something!") and then everyone got moving. She was a little distracted (she's somewhat of an airhead at times) but qualified.
The SECOND time, she had had considerable time to think about the whole thing, and decided taking out a sheep would be lots of fun. She got way too wound up, and at one point had a mouthful of wool which she spit out in one great big white puff. If nothing else, she is entertaining!. Anyway, she failed. The judge said don't give up on her, she just needs to learn to focus. I'll try her again.
And that was how I spent a hot day in a dusty barn in Claremore, Oklahoma.
~ Diane ~
CARLY ......... Ch. Lauremi's No Reservations (AKC GCh pointed, HIC)
SCARLET ..... Lauremi's Almost Wasn't (AKC pointed)
and absent friends... SAGE ~ Lauremi's Whim Z v Jakmar ~ AKC major ptd, HIC ~ 2010-2015