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Old 11-18-2009, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeLacy View Post
What I have learned since that test is that Jax should never have been allowed to chase.

What "should" have happened was that the evaluator should have had something that separates the dog and sheep and I should have held on to the long line. Because Jax would not be allowed to chase, he would be forced to show/learn what we wanted to see, that is to herd. Hindsight is 20/20 but it's pretty obvious by this video it wasn't handled properly. I've also found out that these tests are sometimes available at dog shows.

I didn't learn if Jax would herd or not, the only thing I learned was Jax would chase.
He shouldn't have been seperated, per se, from the sheep by something, as you won't know if he could herd or not by doing that. Herding is a dog moving livestock. Not looking at livestock, but physically moving them with there body/presence by circles, half circles, driving, fetching, etc.

Like you seem to have learned chasing, like Jax was doing, isn't herding. I think if it had been in a more controled situation, you'd have probably been suprised what Jax would do - since he seems to have alot of natural talent.

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