Thursday, July 28, 2016

Herding Instinct Tests - September 17-19, 2016

Have you ever wondered whether your Briard could herd sheep?  The time to find out is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for September 17, 18 & 19.  

The Pacific Northwest Herding Club is hosting Briard-only Herding Instinct Tests at PackLeader Farm in Gig Harbor WA.  Testing will be offered on Saturday and Sunday so that an AKC Certificate can be earned.  The entry fee for this event is $40 per test and must be made in advance. This event is also an all-breed herding trial with supported entries for Briards.  If you want to learn more about herding this is a great event to plan to attend.  

On Monday, September 19, the Briard Club of America (BCA) is hosting Briard-only Herding instinct Tests at Brigands Hideout in Battleground WA.  BCA Certificates will be awarded to those who who pass.  The evaluator is Vickie Swarowski DVM.  The entry fee for this event is $40.

The Herding Instinct Test is the non-competitive (pass/fail) initial test.  The purpose of non-competitive herding tests is to offer owners of herding breeds a standardized gauge by which a dog’s basic instinct and trainability are measured. The dog needs no training before entering this class and may be handled by the judge, owner or designated handler. The judge is looking for the dog’s ability to move and control livestock by fetching or driving.

BCA membership is not required to attend these events.  For more information, contact Gabrielle LaRoche.