This past weekend at Central Bark a group of people, their dogs, and some ducks all got together to learn from Colleen Cody on how to better herd ducks with our dogs. Colleen is an AKC herding judge who has titled multiple dogs to HCH(Herding Champions). She lives in Massachusetts but came all the way out to Central NY to join us for some fun with ducks.
The seminar was a two day event for both Saturday and Sunday with different dogs participating each day, some coming back for both. Some of the dogs in attendance were Shetland Sheepdogs, Border Collies, Pembroke Corgies, and a Havanese. Most of those you’ll recognize from the AKC’s Herding group, but Havanese are from the Toy group. However, they are allowed to compete in Herding competitions in Canada under the Canadian Kennel Club. To watch this little guy turn on to the ducks and get some great experience, check out the video of him below.
Colleen taught us how Herding is both the most difficult and the easiest type of competition to participate in with your dog, and then brought us out for turns working different groups of ducks. Some dogs participating, such as several of the Turvs had years of working stock under their belts, other dogs, like the Havanese, and my own Shelties had little to no experience and the groups of ducks we worked and the size of the ring reflected that experience.
If you have a herding dog, or just about any dog that might enjoy working stock try out some herding training with your gang. Fair warning though, Herding is an addiction worse than any you’ve ever had before, excepting perhaps, coffee. Once you get started you won’t want to stop, even watching other people and their dogs work the stock is fun. There is nothing quite like watching a dog turn on to stock for the first time. Local to Albany you can check out Dog Days Farm, a little over an hour drive.