It depends on the trainer. I did Paisley early, but I had previously worked with my trainer. I know the AHBA does official tests at 6 months (first leg of the HCT), which I did with Paisley just for fun and the experience since I already knew she had good instinct.
I have been herding with her consistently since 6 months (before that it was monthly). Now that she is about 15 months, I have noticed a big difference in her ability to listen around the stock (just noticed this yesterday). She has been getting better for a bit, but noticed a big difference when we went this week (after we took a few weeks off due to conflicts). Knock on wood that it continues...
Paisley and TJ
Leyna and Levi, RIP
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