Early this morning Wendy & I hit the road for Okotoks to do a Herding Instinct Test, & Wendy took pictures as well. I was confident Kort would do well, but my confidence lessened after seeing a bunch of dogs fail before me, including 2 border collies, which I just assumed would know what to do.
When it was Kort's turn Louanne asked me if he was soft or hard, of course I had no clue what she was talking about! But then I said, do you mean sensitive? Yes, that is what she meant. I of course said yes, he is VERY sensitive.
Kort didn't start out so well, he sniffed the ground, looked at the sheep in the pen next to him, & came running back to me a couple of times :) Louanne had me come into the pen & he was off like a bat out of hell! After about 5 minutes Louanne turns to me & says, "by the way, he in NOT soft " who knew!! Then she said I was done & to go back out of the way. I was very proud of Kort, he does love his sheepies.
Kort is only the 2nd collie that Louanne has ever passed !
Some people think a Herding Instinct test is just a waste of time, or very easy to pass, but I saw today that it is not the case. Not every dog will sustain interest for very long, or will not bat an eyelash at the flag thudding down in front of them so they will keep their distance from the sheep. Also not every dog will work sheep in both directions.
I learned alot today & saw a lot of breeds I didn't expect to see. There was a Boxer, 2 Bernese Mt Dogs, a Bouvier, 3 Rottweilers, & even a Dalmation/Husky X
Kort is very tired now & sleeping soundly. I am looking at him & all his furnishing covered in muck & sand :)but that's ok, Kort had a good time & that's all that matters.
The Dog, aka Kort ♥
The Certificate, isn't it purdy :)
It's too hard to read so I will tell you the results :)
For Style , Approach, Eye, Wearing/ Kort received a check under "Gathering"
For Bark, Temperament,Interest , Power/ he got a check under "Very Keen Interest", & "Sustains Barking" , no surprise there !
For Responsiveness/Control, Group of Stock, Balance, Position/ Kort got a check under "Keeps stock grouped/regrouped
What a Good Boy :) :)