Herding Instinct Test – August 24, 2019

On August 24th, starting at 8am, our club is sponsoring an AKC regulated Herding Instinct Test using sheep and ducks. The instinct test will be held at:

Hog Dog Productions
470 Ski Lane
Millersville, MD 21108

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: akc.org/sports/herding

New 2019 CTA daytime classes

Hello everyone!

For the first time CTA is offering new daytime (and evening) Basic Agility Classes taught by some of our very best advanced Agility instructors! Classes are limited to 6 dog and handler teams each, so please contact Karen Long immediately if you want to register. These Agility classes are held at the CTA Agility facility in Beltsville. (Dogs must be at least a year old before beginning agility) 

If you feel the need for an obedience refresher, our Basic Obedience classes start next week at both Davidsonville and Beltsville buildings. Please refer to the upcoming class lists on the CTA website (CTAdogs.org) for start dates and registration for those classes. 

At Davidsonville we have our annual CGC (Canine Good Citizen), CGCA ( Canine Good Citizen Advanced), Urban Dog classes coming up and a new Intro to Jumping and Retrieve class starting in 2 weeks. If you are interested in Rally or Nosework classes, the upcoming session is full, but you can get on a waiting list with the instructors for the next sessions.

CTA is hosting a WCRL Rally trial March 16-17th at the Beltsville building. Volunteers are always needed and volunteers get to show for free! 

Beginning Agility/Foundation I, II, III (3 six-week sessions) 

January 7, 2019, 12:00-1:30 PM (Mondays)
Instructors: Judith Swan and Ann Truffa
This series is an introduction to the foundation skills required for success in agility. The class will include an introduction to agility obstacles and basic handling, including skills like targeting, focus and attention, restrained recalls, impulse control and more. Each 6-week session in the series will build on the previous session.  Participants will work towards handling of short agility sequences in the third session.
Prerequisite:  Dogs should understand basic commands such as sit and stay, and have a basic recall.  Each session in the sequence is a prerequisite for the following session.
Fee: $100.00 Agility or dual members, $130.00 for non members, $50.00 Obedience Instructors
To register contact Karen Long  

Introduction to Agility Equipment and Handling (6 weeks)

January 10, 2019,  3- 4 pm (Thursdays)
Instructor: Spencer Harrill
Dogs will learn how to use the equipment safely.  Owners will learn how to handle their dogs on the equipment and build a communicative relationship with their dogs. 
No prerequisite.
Fee: $100.00 Agility or dual members, $130.00 for non members, $50.00 Obedience Instructors
To register contact Karen Long  

Basic Agility

January 8, 2019, 6:30-8:00 PM (Tuesday evenings)
Instructors: Dale Martins and Kathy Gregorieff
Dog and handlers will safely be introduced to the correct use of agility equipment.No prerequisite.
Fee: $100.00 Agility or dual members, $130.00 for non members, $50.00 Obedience Instructors
To register contact Karen Long  

Introduction to Jumping and Retrieves

January 15-February 26h , 11:30-12:30
Instructor: Karen Long
This class will be a fun introduction to different types of jumps, retrieving and other basic skills needed for agility or obedience work. The class and homework are perfect for mentally and physically exercising your dog during the dreary winter months.Prerequisite: Dog and owner will have completed a CTA Basic Obedience class.
Fee: Free for members, non-members $60.00
Supplies: Owners should bring high reward treats and a dumbbell or suitable substitute for retrieving.
Note: All students are expected to take turns arriving early and staying a bit late to help set up and put away the equipment used during class.
Contract Karen Long to register

Problem Solving Sessions for Obedience and Rally!

January 19-March 9h , 2019 9:30-10:30
Class limited to 1
2
Instructor: Theresa Zuzworsky and other instructors specializing is specific class topics
Class focuses on improving core skills, strengthening the handler/dog teams engagement, timing, and problem-solving based on handlers’ needs. Students will use reward based training and environmental tools. Dogs attend all sessions. Bring superior treats and a hungry dog or your dog’s favorite tug toy. Clickers are permitted, but you should know how to use one beforehand. Tools such as pivot bowls, barriers, and the like, will be reviewed.With  the upcoming March 16-17 WCRL Rally trail approaching, some of the class will focus on rally signs, sign familiarity and course strategy.
Prerequisite: an understanding of basic obedience is required for the handler. More experienced handler with green dogs are permitted with prior instructors approval.
Fee: $50.00 for mebers, $100.00 for Non-members 

CGC &CGCA (Advanced Canine Good Citizen or Community Canine) class

March 4 – April 22 , 2019 Mondays 10-11:00 AM
7 week class with an AKC CGCA test on the last day
Instructor: Terry Standridge
Fee: $30.00 members/ $60.00 non-members
Prerequisite: Must have completed a CTA Basic Obedience class and have passes a CGC test.
To register for class please email Terry at  
For more information about the CGCA test, go to www.akc.org for a description of the exercises or search “AKC CGCA” and it will be the first several results.

CGC & CGCA Test

April 22nd, 2019      10:00-12:00
Instructor: Terry Standridge
(CGCA students test first. Anyone who wants to come just for the testing must pre-register with Terry. Due to class size, there are a limited number of available time slots for walk-in entries.)
Fee: $10.00 members/non-members
Prerequisite: Must have passed a CGC test.
To register: for testing please email Terry at  before April 15th , 2019. 

AKC Urban Dog Class

April 30-June 4, 2019      11:30-12:30
6 week class with an AKC Urban Dog test on the last day of class
Instructor: Karen Long
Note: Other than the first class, each class will be held off site at various local businesses. Locations will include Homestead Gardens, Home Depot and Annapolis Towne Center in Parole.
Fee: $20.00 members/ $30.00 non-members
Prerequisite: Must have completed a CTA Basic Obedience class.*If the owner wants to register this title with the AKC, the dog must already have a CGC title registered with the AKC.
Contact Karen at  to sign up.For more information about the Urban Dog test, go to www.akc.org for a description of the exercises or Google “AKC Urban dog test”. 

AKC Urban Dog Test

June 4th, 2019 11:30-2:30
Instructor: Karen Long
Prerequisite: Must have completed a CTA Basic Obedience class, passed a CGC test and have read the AKC Urban dog test requirements prior to testing
Fee: $10.00 members/ $15.00 nonmembers
Note: Students of the Urban Dog class will test first. Anyone who wants to come just for the testing must pre-register with Karen prior to the day of the test so we are sure to have sufficient copies of the AKC paperwork available.*If the owner wants to register this title with the AKC, the dog must already have a CGC title registered with the AKC.
To register: for testing please email Karen at  

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: akc.org/sports/herding

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.

Herding Instinct Test -August 20th

On August 20, starting at 9am, our club is sponsoring an AKC regulated Herding Instinct Test. The judge will be Susan Rhoades of Keepstone Farm. The instinct test will be held at:
Hog Dog Productions
470 Ski Ln
Millersville, MD

There is a limit for the day of 30 runs. We are trying to get an approximate count on the number of dogs to be tested.

The cost is $40 per run. You can pay via cash or preferred is by check made out to CCWCC.

Please send an email to the Herding Instinct Secretary, Rebecca Winkler at if you plan to bring your dog(s) and the total number to be tested. This in no way obligates you to attend, but provides a basic head count so the club can decide if we should open the herding instinct testing to Pem Club as well.