|Gibbs, when he was just a puppy, would sleep on his slide every day.|
There are different herding titles, and different levels as well. But there is one thing that is immediately obvious, herding is FUN! If you watch collies while they herd, you can see that they are all having a wonderful time, just by looking at the happiness on their faces.
These are the titles your dog can earn from competing in herding:
- HIC (Herding Instinct Certificate) This is now a title demonstrating your dog has herding instinct.
- HT (Herding Tested) This is the first title one may earn in herding. It requires 2 legs and is pass/fail.
- PT (Herding Pre Trial) This is the second title one may earn. It also requires 2 legs and is pass/fail.
- HS (Herding Started) This title requires 3 legs, earning at least 50% on each section.
- HI (Herding Intermediate) This titles requires 3 legs, earning at least 50% on each section.
- HX (Herding Advanced) This title requirse 3 legs, earning at least 50% on each section.
- HC (Herding Champion)
Dogs can compete on 3 types of courses:
- A course: The minimum size is 100x200. This is generally for most breeds in the Herding group.
- B course: This is a large field. This is generally for Border Collies and other breeds that herd over fields.
- C course: This field is set up for herding boundaries. This is generally for German Shepherds and other breeds that were bred to do boundary work.
The HIC, HT and PT are not done on A,B or C type of courses. They have their own separate course. These tests are done on sheep only.
- Ducks (have smaller fields than the sizes listed above.)
A title showing HSAs means the dog has earned a Herding Started title on A course with Sheep.
A title showing HSAd means the dog has earned a Herding Started title on A course with ducks.
A title showing HSAsd means the dog has earned a Herding Started title on A course with Sheep and Ducks.
Looking at Gibbs herding the sheep, you can see this isn't work for him, this is his favorite thing to do. His Mom, who let us use her pictures for this post, has told me that he waits all week for his herding practice. His trainer, Karen Malloy, has done a wonderful job teaching this young dog how to herd, while making sure he had fun.
With all he has accomplished at just 2 years old. I can't wait to see what's next for this beautiful boy.
Our Sophie, who is Gibb's sister, is now a Therapy Dog and we will be starting to train to compete in Rally-O. Our Maizie, another sister, is well on her way to earning her conformation championship. Nigel, their brother, is training to become a service dog, and Finn is now a Therapy Dog as well. All the puppies in this litter have grown up to be so special, and they make me proud every day.
Thank you Mary, for allowing us to share all these beautiful pictures of Gibbs on the Collie Blog! And thank you for giving this boy such a wonderful home, and the opportunity to shine!