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Old 01-16-2013, 09:38 AM
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Who has done a herding instinct test on their dog(s)? I really want to do it with Hudson just for S's & G's, but am not sure how to go about finding someone that does it, especially for a dog that isn't an Aussie or BC.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:41 AM
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We just found a trainer and had them do a regular eval vs a "herding instinct test" per se. You might have the best luck finding a trainer through the AHBA or AKC sites since you don't have a "typical" breed.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:47 AM
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I got the girls done by random chance mostly - someone at the training facility set it up and then sent out a mass email. I've found several different ones by looking at breed clubs but I never attended because I didn't know anyone. Lol.

I have the videos from Mu and Tipper if you want to see them. Had I known how little I would have to do with the whole process I probably would've just gone to one of the breed club ones. But I was really comfortable with the guy doing the test and he was super knowledgeable so it worked out in the end.
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I might be doing this on Saturday if I can get my shift at work covered. Bamm was instinct tested years and years ago and did really well, but finding a place that will allow a mixed border collie has been frustrating. A friend of mine found a place out this way that is doing an instinct testing day that will allow herding breed mixes so I want to take him. You have to have your dog instinct tested through them before you can start actually doing any real herding on their farm.
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Where in NYS are you again? I know there are people at Top Dog who have done/are doing herding. I can ask if they know of anyplace.
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I have the videos from Mu and Tipper if you want to see them. Had I known how little I would have to do with the whole process I probably would've just gone to one of the breed club ones. But I was really comfortable with the guy doing the test and he was super knowledgeable so it worked out in the end.

Definitely! I love videos
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I had a non-official one done by our herding instructor who is also an AHBA and AKC herding judge (I think she might be a judge for more venues too, just not sure).
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:19 AM
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Where in NYS are you again? I know there are people at Top Dog who have done/are doing herding. I can ask if they know of anyplace.
Hudson Valley region - Dutchess County to be exact.
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Definitely! I love videos
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I had a non-official one done by our herding instructor who is also an AHBA and AKC herding judge (I think she might be a judge for more venues too, just not sure).
Ours were unofficial by the same type of person...videos!

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Here's Mu.

She turns on about 30 seconds in - it was by far one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
MuBeginning

Here's the rest of her run. About 20 seconds in she goes head to head with one of the sheep and had to leap out of the way lol. The rest of it is just her going in circles.
MuHIT

And Tipper.

This one is pretty boring. She was a LOT more cautious than Mu and spent a lot of time smelling the sheep and running about at top speed saying hi to all the people lol. Oh and barking at me. Because nothing is complete without a bark and bounce.
TipperBeginning

This is the very tail end of her's - about 40 seconds in the light bulb goes off and she's like OH I CHASE THESE THINGS. And then she gets tired from running amok during the first five minutes. Lol.

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