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Herding Instinct Test – Chilliwack BC

June 26, 2012 − by Leslie − in BC, Events, Fundraising, Herding, News − 1 Comments

Rottweiler Jazz - calmly walks up behind the sheepCome out and try something fun with your dog and help raise money for the BC Rottweiler Specialty.

When: July 29, 2012 – 11:00 am to Dusk

Where: Tehillah Farms, 44210 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack, BC

Directions: From Highway #1, take the Lickman Road exit in Chilliwack and head South. Turn left (east) at the 4 way stop onto South Sumas Road.  Tehillah Farms is on the right (south) side of the road.

Cost: $50.00 per dog (paid  pre-registration required) Tester: Shelley Fritzke. Shelley is a licensed CKC herding judge who has extensive experience.

Please Note: You will be contacted with the time of your testing a few days prior to July 29th. Bring clothing and footwear appropriate for outdoor weather. Bring a buckle collar and long leash for your dog. THERE WILL BE A PHOTOGRAPHER ON SITE TO CAPTURE THAT SPECIAL MOMENT!

Download Registration and Release Form

What is herding instinct testing? Although a herding instinct test (HIC) is not an official title in Canada, it is a good way to find out if your dog has herding instinct. The tester does all the work. The owner stays out of the pen – and beams with pride! The tester brings the dog into a round pen on leash and will watch how the dog and sheep react to each other. Among other things, the tester will look for a non-aggressive dog that watches the stock and controls or tries to control their movement.  Other things the tester looks for is whether the dog is gathering the sheep, tries to drive them, if the dog likes to work wide or close, how responsive the dog is to the tester,  if the dog is willing to work with the tester, and if the dog has natural balance on the sheep. A written critique is provided and an HIC certificate is issued if your dog is successful.

We encourage you to register early. Space is limited and this event is expected to fill quickly. Pre-registration closes on July 25, 2012. If there is space available, entries on the day will be considered. For more information, contact Hedy Rankin at or at 604 462 8036.

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