Present Sheepdog Test as devised
by the KC/ISDS (Modified 1992)
fetch past post to handler
back to post, max 100 yds
12" x 12" with gate
two dogs have passed the first test to date. Since the test was
modified in 1992 only one test session has been organised. Several dogs
took part but no-one passed. The test was judged as if it was a
propose that a new test be devised. This willbe judged as an
assessment of the dog's ability to control and move sheep whilst
obeying commands from the handler and that no marks awarded, but a pass
or fail given by a panel of judges.
course would be set up in a paddock rather than a large open field.
Ten shhep would be presented as usual off the fence at the top of the
dog would be sent on a right or left fetch and the handler be
permitted to leave the post and walk a central line down the paddock
towards the sheep to assist the dog if necessary. The handler would not
be permitted to touch the dog but will be allowed to re command the dog
dog must then drive the sheep towards the handler whilst
negotiating the weave through cones or posts. The handler is permitted
to walk backwards in front of the sheep but the dog must be seen to be
obeying the handler's command to move the sheep from side to side
whilst negotiating the posts.
reaching the start post, the dog must then drive the sheep towards
and through a gateway, the handler will be permitted to walk alongside
the dog if desired, but the dog must be driving the sheep as commanded
by the handler.
maximum time for achieving this test would be 10 minutes. The dog
can be allowed two attempts on one day. There will be no limmit to the
number of times a dog can take the test. Distances and measurements can
be agreed after discussion.
comments are welcome regarding the Working Sheepdog Test. To date,
I have received no reply from the Kennel Club regarding this matter.