Collie Herding Test Detail
Herding Test Diagram
herding test is designed to assess a
dog’s instinct to herd sheep in a controlled manner and under
instruction of the handler’.
With the handler standing at a starting point, the dog should be sent
on an outrun to left or right at handler’s choice, to collect
sheep (which will preferably be in sight) approximately 140 metres
away. The handler would be required to be near to the post and not move
too far away.
The dog should go behind the sheep and commence the fetch to the
handler in a controlled manner. There is no requirement for the dog to
stop behind the sheep or to lie down.
Bring / Fetch
The dog to bring / fetch the sheep to the handler in a controlled
The dog should turn the sheep around the post and handler ready for the
drive, in the direction decided by the judges prior to commencement of
the test and confirmed to handlers at the judges’ briefing.
The dog (and
handler should they wish) should
drive the sheep in a controlled manner, approximately 50 metres in the
direction decided by the judges prior to the test (and confirmed to
handlers at the judges’ briefing) to a suitable exit from the
test field. The test will end as soon as all the sheep have exited the
Each dog should pass overall but does not need to pass each section, as
long as the test objective is achieved.
The time allowed
for the whole test will be notified to each handler once the judges
have assessed the sheep and field, but on average will be around 12