Well, it seems to be more of a informal test to gauge to see if a dog has sufficient drive to be able to successfully train to work. That is what I can see from a herding instinct test.
A BH certification is more involved than that. One has to train for a BH, which consists of 2 parts, and be officiated by a judge.
I think the HT would be similar to a BH, but I would need clarification on that.
Any dog can be tested for herding instinct. We saw a St Bernard and a Newfoundland getting their herding instinct test when Janka & I went for our first lesson. It just depends on the dog's level of drive to see how interested it is in sheep.
I think it would only be worth something if the owner is willing to go 100% in on working the dog in herding.
But this is merely my opinion.
Just thought the basis for HIC was rather interesting. Unless of course, there IS a formal protocol to acquire this certification ... which apparently does exist in the A.H.B.A. as I have just
It says no prereq; pass/fail; 2 passes; 2 judges.
Aw. I want a HIC for my pup. She will probably get a gold star. Oh well, I am training under AKC format.
@ mspiker03: if you read this, I wonder if Levi and Leyna have to acquire their HIC before going for their JHD if you do decide to trial for AHBA as well as the AKC. I am sure Levi would be MORE than happy to have another instinct test. *lol*