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Herding Instinct Test – August 18, 2018

On August 18th, starting at 8am, our club is sponsoring an AKC regulated Herding Instinct Test using sheep and ducks and Farm Dog Certification (FDC). The judge will be Susan Rhoades of Keepstone Farms. The instinct test will be held at:

Keepstone Farms
412 Russell Rd
Berryville, VA 22611

There will be a limit of 50 runs, and for the FDC a 20 run total limit. The fee will be $50 per run, all classes.

The entry form is located HERE [pdf].

Learn more about the sport of herding on the AKC website:

The AKC Farm Dog Certified (FDC) Test

A new AKC titling test to assess the overall conduct of a dog in a typical farm environment. It isn’t a test to determine herding ability, but rather a foundation of self-control on a farm.

All test areas may be attempted twice, however, all 12 exercises must be passed. When the dog passes two tests it is awarded the title FDC.

The FDC Test is open to all dogs 9 months old, or older that are individually registered with the AKC, recorded in the FSS program, dogs with PAL numbers OR dogs enrolled in the AKC Canine Partners Program.

Dogs with physical challenges (including amputees) are eligible provided, in the opinion of the judge, they display no signs of physical discomfort and can safely complete the test. Bitchess in season may not enter.

12 Test Elements (Conducted on Leash)

Test 1: Greet the Judge. The handler approaches the judge with the dog at their side on a loose lead. The dog must not jump, or show aggression or excessive shyness.

Test 2: Walk around the farm and a passive stranger. The handler walks the dog on a loose lead at least 200 feet around a variety of objects and near a sitting person.

Test 3: Jump on hay/straw bale. Handler instructs the dog to jump on a bale and stay until released by the judge.

Test 4: Walk past farm animals. Handler walks the dog on a loose lead in view of penned farm animals.

Test 5: Walk over or through unusual surfaces. The handler walks the dog over three unusually surfaces found at a farm.

Test 6: Supervised separation. The handler places the dog in a crate and walks out of sight for a minimum of 1 minute.

Test 7: Pass through a gate. The dog stays while the handler opens the gate, passes through on the handler’s command, and stays while the handler closes the gate.

Test 8: Handler feeds livestock. The dog is tethered while the handler approaches and feeds livestock in an enclosure.

Test 9: Reaction to another dog. The dog remains stationary on a loose lead while another dog is walked by twice, about 10 feet away.

Test 10: Reaction to noise distraction. The dog is exposed to two common farm sounds and the dog must not panic.

Test 11: Dog approaches livestock. The handler approaches penned livestock with the dog on a loose lead. The dog may not lunge or be fearful or aggressive to the stock.

Test 12: Physical examination. The handler examines the dog for plant material or debris collected while working on the farm, examining the ears, eyes, mouth, coat and toes.

11th Annual Regional Specialties – Autumn Classic

See our flyer here! [pdf]

October 12–15, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Held in conjunction with Catoctin Kennel Club
Judge: Ken Rayner

Friday, October 13, 2017
Held in conjunction with Catonsville Kennel Club
Judge: Anne Kennedy Clifton
Pending AKC approval

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Held in conjunction with Catonsville Kennel Club
Sweeps Judge: Philip Myers
Judge: Peter Clifton (Joseter UK)
Pending AKC approval

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Held in conjunction with National Capital Kennel Club
Sweeps Judge: Lisa Warren
Judge: Sandra Wolfskill

Superintendent is MB-F. Entries close September 27, 2017.

Support the AKC PAC

The American Kennel Club has taken the lead in supporting legislation across the country that protects the rights of responsible dog owners. The AKC Political Action Committee gives us an additional tool with which to interface with legislators. Through this non-partisan PAC, we can demonstrate a unity of purpose that helps us advance a positive legislative agenda.

The AKC PAC collects voluntary contributions from individuals and uses these donations to support candidates who defend dog owners’ rights and can effectively influence legislation impacting animal owners. Your donation will be pooled with contributions from AKC club members across the country to strengthen our support for reasonable, enforceable laws that protect the health and welfare of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously.

Contributions to this fund are not deductible on federal tax returns. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year*. The maximum annual contribution to the AKC PAC is $5,000. All contributions are voluntary. 

Congratulations to GCH Grangefield Aberdovey Vanity!

The results are in from the Westminster Kennel Club, ladies and gentlemen. Grangefield Aberdovey Vanity won best in breed!




7     GCH Grangefield Aberdovey Vanity
Breed: Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Breeder: Nancy K Stockslager & Shirley Hobbs
Sire: CH Phi-Vestavia Neon-Black
Dam: CH Grangefield Aberdovey Lymric
Owner: Shirley Hobbs & Sue Stockslager & Marian R Mizelle

AKC Launches First Health Microsite

The American Club today launched, the organization’s first ever mobile-optimized, digital content platform dedicated to canine health. The site kicks off a series of health initiatives and announcements to be introduced in the coming year.

The initial stage of the new microsite offers resources and information on care, nutrition, fitness, preventative health and breeder education. The platform is designed to share AKC’s 130 years of knowledge in the form of digestible content to enrich the general public, dog breeders and everyone in between.

The health microsite also serves as an exciting next step into the organization’s digital expansion plans. The site was built mobile-first, allowing AKC to tell their story and share their content via the platform consumers are primarily using today.

“For decades, the AKC and its dog experts have possessed so much wisdom about canine health without an effective way to share it well beyond our knowledgeable core constituency,” said Dennis Sprung, President and CEO of the American Kennel Club. “Today, we are excited to launch a platform that will finally allow us to help owners and breeders do the most important thing we can do for our dogs – keep them healthy.”

While conceived and created by AKC’s internal digital content and product teams, the site will also engage partners including AKC Parent Clubs, breeders, veterinarians and the AKC Canine Health Foundation, to continue to provide the best, most comprehensive content for visitors. Interactive content, including video and webinars, will go live on the site in the coming weeks.