GGPWCF Herding Instinct Test

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GGPWCF Herding Instinct Test

Time: October 12, 2013 from 10am to 1pm
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Event Type: herding, instinct, test
Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2013

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Comment by Diane on October 14, 2013 at 11:12am

Aw...  Vini seems like such a sweet boy.      Chewey passed...  but given that we don't own any livestock and live in the middle of town having a dog with a strong herding instinct is not necessarily ideal  ;->    But it was a lot of fun seeing him herd something appropriate, for a change...

It was just fun all around - I loved seeing all the corgis and it was fascinating watching how different all their personalities were in he pen with the sheep.  It's too bad you had to leave early - there were definitely some very entertaining moments.  One of the corgis (not sure how to spell his name) went into the arena and spent pretty much the entire time rolling around in the dust/sheep poop.   He could have cared less about the sheep but boy was he filthy when he was done... (and he looked mighty proud of himself about it).  It was hysterical, just wish I had thought to video it but I was too busy laughing...

Comment by Stacey on October 12, 2013 at 11:41pm

Well Vini did not pass : (   But we still love him LOL.  We had to leave early (my husband was not feeling well) - Diane, how did Chewey do?

Comment by Stacey on October 8, 2013 at 2:45pm

We will be rooting for Chewey!  There are many dog friendly restaurants and wineries in the area.  Probably best to do an online search for exactly which area you want to visit (Healdsburg is really cute and so is the Glen Ellen/Kenwood area, also Napa Valley is real close to here and also the town of Sonoma - we were just there yesterday and talked to a man walking his corgi).  Also this woman and her corgis blog from Sonoma County (I met her and her corgis once.  Her oldest corgi is I think 15 or 16 now).  I noticed she has some comments and links too on wineries and restaurants in the area.  See you Saturday! We are so excited!

Comment by Diane on October 8, 2013 at 11:01am

We just got our notice as well &  Chewey is 14th...  We'll definitely be there by 10 so we can watch the demo (glad they changed the time from 9 to 10 since we'll be driving up that morning!).   I'll be sure to watch for Vini ;->

BTW, can you recommend any dog-friendly wineries that are in that area (?)  I'll look online just haven't had a chance...


Comment by Stacey on October 8, 2013 at 12:09am

Just got notice that my corgi, Vini, is the sixth corgi that will be tested.  They also changed the beginning time to 10 am with a herding demo at the beginning so even if you don't have a corgi entered it is interesting to see a dog do what it was bred to do.

Comment by Diane on October 4, 2013 at 10:40am

Thanks for all the great info!   We'll definitely bring chairs, crate, etc.   What about shade?    No clue what he's going to do, I sort of doubt he's ever seen sheep close up before ;->   

We're definitely planning on being there...  I'll look for someone with a RHT and RW!

Comment by Stacey on October 3, 2013 at 10:14pm

It takes place in a ring with the sheep.  You walk in with your dog on leash and then when she gives the ok you take off the leash.  She is in with you and she guides everything.  Basically you are there to encourage your dog and leash him when he is done.  I remember getting dizzy from going in circles in the center.  My husband videotaped it from the outside.  You are only in with the sheep a few minutes.  Some dogs right away get it, some take a couple minutes, and some like our first corgi just want to stay clear of the sheep and do clean up duty (sheep poop must be yummy to them LOL).  The whole thing takes place in a big field so there is plenty of room to keep the dogs away from each other.  Good idea to bring some camp chairs, a crate or blanket, etc.  If you have any other ?s let me know. Hopefully we will see you there.

Comment by Diane on October 3, 2013 at 5:19pm

Cool...   I entered Chewey (it will be his first time herding anything, well anything that is appropriate to herd anyway ;->), so  I am very curious to see how he will react.  I figured even if he could care less I'd love to watch all the other corgis!  

The only concern I have is that Chewey can be somewhat leash reactive (although that's more true with bigger dogs or male dogs that aren't fixed).   We've worked with him a lot on it since we adopted him, but it can still be a bit challenging in close quarters.   

That's exactly what we are doing - we live down in Santa Cruz so figured we'd take our camper up for that and then maybe do some wine tasting, etc. after.   Playing it by ear depending on the weather.  Maybe we'll see you there...

Comment by Stacey on October 3, 2013 at 2:51pm

We entered our younger corgi this time (his first time with sheep).  We will probably bring our other corgi with us to watch although he has already passed twice so we didn't enter him.  There are usually about 25-30 dogs entered and extra people watching.  It's fun to see if each corgi has the instinct or not.  We live nearby but even if you come from farther away it's a nice area to visit - wineries, etc.

Comment by Diane on October 3, 2013 at 10:18am

Is anyone else from the bay area going?  

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