Bandit definitely has the instinct and the drive to be a natural at herding! It was great fun to watch him work the sheep and take instruction from Trudy. He was tested and scored on such things as interest (high), approach (runs moderately close), emotional level (very excited), eye (loose), bark (sustained barking), responsiveness to direction (responsive), temperament (readily adjusts), balance/distance to control stock (adjusts position and/or distance), and movement of stock (keeps stock grouped). Overall, he was deemed qualified as herding instinct test certified. We're so proud of him! It most likely won't be something we continue with, but it was definitely fun, and we'll definitely do it again should the opportunity arise. There should be some closer-to-home sheep farms we could try in the future, too.
|Bandit at work with the sheep and Trudy|
|He definitely had the Aussie instinct from the get-go|
|We love this picture! His look is priceless!|
|Bandit was a vocal sheep herder|
|MOVE IT, MOVE IT!!|
|Keeping an eye on his work|