"Gentle Methods Produce Positive Results"
CLASS SCHEDULE INSTINCT TESTS ENROLLMENT
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DIXIE'S offers herding training for AKC/AHBA/ASCA trials or practical farm work.
Group classes, instinct tests, private lessons and in-kennel training are available.
ALL HERDING BREEDS WELCOME!
Our instructor is Terri Wilson, AKC and AHBA judge with over 20 years of experience working with a wide variety of herding breeds.
Livestock available for training are Katahdin sheep, goats and Call ducks.
A variety of sheep are available from well dog-broke sheep to light yearlings.
Working ducks requires finesse and self-control from the dog.
At DIXIE'S, working ducks is considered a fine art and
Terri and her students have won many High In Trial awards on ducks.
Herding training is available to any breed of dog whose original purpose was to
control the movement of livestock.
This includes, but is not limited to, these breeds -
Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Kelpie, Australian Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Border Collie, German Shepherd, Old English Sheepdog, Puli, Rough Collie, Rottweiler, Samoyed, Shetland Sheepdog, Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Some of the rarer breeds that have trained with us are Entelbucher Sennenhund, Caanan Dog, Norwegian Buhund, Standard Schnauzer, Giant Schnauzer, Swedish Vallhund, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, and Beauceron.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAINING
INSTINCT TEST - 6 months old
HERDING CLASS AND TRAINING - 9 months old and passed an instinct test
dog should know how to lay down and come when called
(web site for mailing list, also has calendar of herding events)
American Herding Breeds Association
American Kennel Club
Australian Shepherd Club of America
Herding On the Web (Linda Rorem's web page)
WHAT IS AN INSTINCT TEST?
An instinct test is a controlled introduction of your dog to livestock, typically sheep or goats. It is usually held in a small round pen, roughly 50' to 80' in diameter. The dog needs no training other than to sit or down and come when called. The tester, an experienced herding trainer, goes into the ring with you and your dog. You are expected to stay close to the tester and be quiet, while the tester stimulates and encourages your dog to start chasing the stock. The trainer then works with your dog to bring out the instinctive herding behaviors with him.. Instinct Tests are still Terri's favorite herding activity - it is such a thrilling sight to see a lightbulb go on in the dog's mind and they realize that this moment is what they have been waiting for all their life.