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CCA Herding Instinct Certification Program

Herding Instinct Certification Tests
A Herding Instinct Test introduces Collies and their handlers to herding at the basic level. It is designed to show whether or not a Collie, who may have never had any exposure to livestock, still has the natural instinct to perform the function for which the breed was initially created. It is a non-competitive introduction to carefully selected and easily handled livestock under favorably controlled conditions.

At a Herding Instinct Test, a person experienced with stockdog training supervises the introduction of individual dogs to livestock, usually ducks or sheep, to ascertain the dog's reaction. The tester guides the approach of the dog to the stock and encourages the dog to herd the stock. The owner stays near the tester, but usually does not take an active part unless experienced with stockdog training. The dogs are typically tested first with lead dragging and then may be let off lead.

A dog who, after a period of introduction, shows sustained interest in herding livestock, either circling or attempting to gather it, or following it about to drive it, will pass. A dog who works quietly, who barks (either a little or a great deal), or who may feint as though to nip is acceptable. A dog may be loose-eyed or may show some degree of eye. A variety of approaches and styles is acceptable.

It is to be remembered that many dogs through simple inexperience will make mistakes in their first exposure to livestock, but at all times the tester must see clear-cut evidence of herding instinct.

Explanation of Procedure
In advance of an organized Introduction to Livestock, Herding Instinct Test, or an AKC Herding Test, an owner of a Collie 6 months of age or older interested in having the dog receive a CCA Herding Instinct Certification Title (to be referred to as "HIC") will secure from the Secretary of CCA, the HIC Chairman or a CCA District Director a copy of the Application for Herding Instinct Certification form. Upon the dog's successful completion of the test, the owner will have the application form signed by the Judge and the Secretary of the event.

Any organized Introduction to Livestock, Herding Instinct Test, or AKC Herding Test sponsored by any legitimate club or group is acceptable. Acceptable sponsoring organizations do not have to be licensed by AKC and are not limited to Collie clubs. The Secretary of the sponsoring organization must sign the application for certification provided by the dog's owner. Securing this signature will be the owner's responsibility.

All AKC licensed Herding Judges and AHBA Judges are approved to sign the certification form. Experienced members of CCA or others who are not licensed Herding Judges will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Working Collie Committee to act as Judges at organized Introduction to Livestock and Herding Instinct Tests and may also sign applications for certification.

The owner will send the completed form and a check to cover processing:
$5 for CCA members and $10 for non-CCA members, to:

Jim Smotrel
HIC Chairman
2575 Hawkins Mill Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24503-4968

Phone (434) 384-3177
jsmotrel@jetbroadband.com

HIC event sanction form
This form is used to request that the CCA sanction an upcoming herding instinct certification test event. The form should be filled out and sent to the chairman of the CCA Working Collie Committee for approval.

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HIC test form
This form is used by the tester to record herding instinct evaluations. A copy of the completed form is given to the owner of dog. The owner of a Collie that passes should send a copy of this form, signed by the tester, to the chairman of the CCA Versatility and HIC Committee along with the appropriate processing fee to receive a CCA Herding Instinct Certification certificate.

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HIC test report
For CCA sanctioned HIC events, this summary report form should be completed and sent to the chairman of the CCA Working Collie Committee after the completion of the event.

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Non-CCA application
This form is used to apply for a CCA HIC using the results from a herding instinct certification test sanction by an organization other than the CCA. A copy of this form and the evaluation form that the owner recieved should be sent to the chairman of the CCA Versatility and HIC Committee along with the appropriate processing fee to receive a CCA Herding Instinct Certification certificate.

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