Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Does my dog have to be registered with the Canadian Kennel Club to compete in the herding trial?
Answer – No. You can run a non-registered dog in non-competitive CKC classes. Depending on your dog (unregistered purebred, listed breed, or mixed breed) you will need to register for a number. Please visit the CKC website to complete the steps to get your number: https://www.ckc.ca/en/News/2017/January/How-to-Register-Your-Dog-to-Enter-CKC-Events
If you are competing in the AHBA trials, your dog does not need to be registered but you do need a tracking number. Please visit their website and scroll halfway down the home page to find information on how to get a tracking number. http://www.ahba-herding.org/
Question: Do you allow spectators at your events?
Answer: Yes. There is no charge to come watch a trial. There may be an auditing fee applied to those wanting to observe a clinic. Please bring a chair. Trials go rain or shine and we do not have covered seating so please come prepared. If you are not competing, leave your dog at home. Those who bring dogs who are not competing will be asked to leave. This is for the safety of everyone involved at the trial, including your dog. Current COVID-19 rules and legislation will be followed so please bring a mask and be prepared to put it on when indoors. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or feel unwell, please stay home.
Question: I am new to showing my dog. What class should I enter at the herding trial?
Answer: For a CKC trial, you can progress through the following levels: tested, started, intermediate and advanced. According to the CKC Herding Rules and Regulations handbook for the tested level, you must “pick up stock in a calm, controlled manner; (b) Subsequently demonstrate a brief pause, stop or down somewhere on the course; (c) Take stock through the fenceline obstacles; and (d) Pen the stock. In the Herding Tested level, the handler may walk through any of the obstacles and may enter the pen without penalty” (CKC, 2021, p.44). Started, intermediate, and advanced all build on these basic skills and limit the movement of the handler. We encourage you to read the CKC handbook to help determine which level is right for you. You can find it here: https://www.ckc.ca/en/Files/Forms/Shows-Trials/Event-Rules-Regulations/Herding-Rules-and-Regulations.aspx
For an AHBA trial, you can progress through the following levels: herding trial dog, started, intermediate, advanced, herding ranch dog, ranch large flock, herding trial arena dog, and the herding test program. To determine which level is right for you and to see the rules, you can find them here: http://www.ahba-herding.org/MainPage.php?AreaName=HTDTrials