Herding Instinct Event in Western Washington State.

Hi all! Thanks for all the nice comments. I'm happy to have found this site. For my first Blog entry I want to add an event that a club I belong to is hosting in Western Washington.

I belong to a schutzhund training club with my German Shepherd Dog. We are hosting an AHBA (American Herding Breed Association) certified herding instinct testing at Ewetopia, in Roy, Washington on Saturday, March 21st. It starts about 8am and lasts until about 2 or 3pm. There is food and fun and certificates for dogs who pass. This will qualify the dogs for their official HICs and HCTs. (Herding Instinct Certification and Herding Capability Tested)

There is no training involved as it's about breed instinct. Mixed breeds and non-herding breeds are also invited but won't qualify for the HCT.

We're also having 10.00 puppy runs for the little ones who are too young for their certificates. It's great to introduce puppies to sheep early on, especially if you'd like to try for the HIC/HCT or even herding training later.

It's a wonderful photo op as well! And, if you are like me, it's a great way to add "titles" to your dogs name.

Despite the fact that our club is mostly GSDs this event is "going to the corgis' as I already have about 5 cardis signed up. There is some more info here:


And I'm happy to answer questions as well. :-)

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Comment by Alice on January 26, 2009 at 9:56pm
Oh, I wish I could go. I've been talking about wanting to do something like that for the last month at least. maybe there will be an even closer by one of these days. :(
Comment by Maisy on January 26, 2009 at 4:43pm
Haven't you heard that air fare is cheap right now! LOL
Comment by Nancy Geddes on January 26, 2009 at 4:38pm
Hey guys, we in Virginia are soooo jealous! Have a wonderful day! Bear, Tasha and Linus
Comment by Maisy on January 26, 2009 at 2:48pm
You and your dog will both have a great time! They also have agility equipment to play on and a dog park like area for dogs to run and play. It really is a wonderful day to spend with your dog!
Comment by Shepdog on January 26, 2009 at 2:06pm
Oh, oh oh! Hey, we can make it to Roy (we're a few hours away) with Simon, I bet! I'd love to do this! I'll go check it out!
Comment by Maisy on January 26, 2009 at 1:47pm
Which herding place? Ewetopia?
Comment by John Wolff on January 26, 2009 at 1:40pm
We did this with Gwynnie years ago, lots of fun and all those dogs! Worth it just to see the puppies. She did not get to spend all that much time with the sheep though.
Comment by Maisy on January 26, 2009 at 1:20pm
Oh thanks! I'll look them up.....:-)
Comment by Trenton and Denise on January 26, 2009 at 12:52pm
Hey Maisy what a great event. Malibu had done her instincts twice. Passed both times but did the second once so she could remember the sheep. She will start training soon. Captain will go also but not for a while. LOL. I also gaot Malibu from a German Shpard breeder that had two cordi's and hence Malibu was born. There is also a herding group on the site to let you know.
Comment by Maisy on January 26, 2009 at 12:07pm
Thanks Sam. Already done ;-)

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