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UKMASC recently organised the first ever Herding Instinct Test day for Mini American Shepherds in the UK. We were fortunate to have our dogs tested by of one of the UK's top sheep trialling experts, the well-known Jackie Goulder, at her All-Breeds Herding Centre in Yorkshire. As well as working her own Border Collies, Jackie takes a keen interest in the herding abilities of other Pastoral breeds and regularly runs Herding Instinct days for breeds clubs such as Pyrenean Sheep dogs, German Shepherds, Boxers and Bearded Collies. Having run a number of Herding Instinct days for Australian Shepherds, Jackie was especially keen to meet her first MAS and to see how they worked in comparison to their larger counterparts.
We took 14 MAS along for the day, 11 of which were tested. Upon arrival the dogs had a half-hour off-lead in a fenced paddock to meet and greet each other and unwind from the drive over. It was wonderful to see so many examples of the breed running free, socialising and playing together, although perhaps less wonderful to see some of them take an impromptu bath by leaping into the water-trough ...
We couldn't have asked for better weather, a lovelier venue or a more welcoming host. We had a thoroughly enjoyable, sociable and educational day, topped off with bacon butties and cheese bites for lunch, which we shared with Jackie's very entertaining and talkative Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Quincey!
The herding instinct of each dog was tested in three separate sessions on the sheep. The first session required the dog on-lead, to approach a circular pen containing three sheep. Jackie kept notes on the dog's response to their first sight of the sheep and watched what their reaction was to the small flock. Fight or flight?! Some dogs feigned a polite disinterest, some were mesmerised, others horrified, at the sight of the three woolly ladies staring back and stamping their feet.
The second session required the handler, and dog still on-lead, to move around the outside of the sheep pen and finally to enter the pen and skirt the perimeter. Jackie took more notes on each dog, watching for signs that the dogs were alert to the sheep, and naturally circling around them yet still responding to the handler's commands. With the dogs in the pen, Jackie took the precaution of using a flexible, plastic leaf-rake as a barrier between the dog and her sheep, just in case a dog got over-enthusiastic and took it's newly-discovered vocation a bit too seriously.
If all went well with this stage, with the dog showing an interest in the sheep whilst still remaining responsive to the handler, for the third session some of the dogs were let off-lead and allowed to start working and engaging with the sheep, driving them cautiously in circles clockwise and anticlockwise around the pen.
Despite some of the younger dogs being wary of the sheep to start with, they had all settled considerably by the end of the day; any initial barking had stopped and most of the dogs were showing some real potential. As we finished our day there were a lot of delighted, smiling handlers and a lot of very tired dogs!
Such was the success of our first ever UKMASC herding day, that a repeat visit to Jackie is already being planned for next year. There are many more of our MAS that we'd like to have the opportunity to gain their Herding Instinct Certificate, and several of our promising youngsters that we'd like to take back and see if they can take their training even further, with a bit of added maturity.
We should maybe mention - that in comparison to the Aussies she had trained previously, Jackie was seriously impressed with the herding potential of our MAS! :-D
Knowledge is power and there is a lot of power in these articles
I try to read them as often as possible!
Three New Ones
Read the new articles about Structure and Movement Part 1 & Part 2 and
Do You See What I See
Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't."
Wigglebutt Adonis finished his Barn Hunt Association, LLC Open title today with a High In Trial Open! His ribbon is bigger than him. I can't believe he is 12 years old already, sure doesn't act his age. Wigglebutt Han Solo out did him with TWO High In Trial Seniors, and 1st Place Sunday, finishing his Senior title. Wigglebutt Zenyatta got two Master leg. Too much fun - lovin' barnhunt. Proud of the puppers. Thank you Lisa Bataska for your great training, and Sharon Jonas for opening up her barn to practice! Fun stuff...
AKC Agility Entries Are Open!
Entries for Miniature American Shepherds will be entered the first week, to be assured that you get in the trial.
AKC Agility Trial November 8th and 9th, 2014
Hosted by MASCUSA and supported by the affiliate Mid America
Location is Broken Arrow, OK at K9 Manners and More
Judges: Sally Sheridan and Sharon Williams
Trial Secretary Barbara Jeleski
Premium can be found on the MASCUSA Website
Three AKC Events this Fall/Winter 2014 in Oklahoma!
Hosted by MASCUSA and supported by Mid America, a MASCUSA Affliliate.
The Agility and the Obedience/Rally Trials will be the first of their kind hosted by our Breed Club, since we have just recently been licensed to host these events!!
Please help support all three of these events by submitting a small ad to be placed in the prospective catalogs!
If you are an Agility enthusiast you might prefer just the Agility Catalog, same goes for the other events.
However we would love to see numerous ads for and about our dogs in all three catalogs!!
Below is the timeline for each submission!
Ads are avaiLable for purchase for $15
aD SPACE IS BUSINESS CARD size and the
ad must be emailed to Mindy at firstname.lastname@example.org
before October 15th. for agility catalog
November 5th for the Herding Trial Catalog
December 5th, for the Obedience/Rally Catalog
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support!!
The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd
A weekly photo series!
Please send me your most stunning head shots of your dogs and I will post one each week!
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Call for Judges Education Presenters!!!
The MASCUSA Breed Standard Evaluation and Education Committee is looking for presenters for Judges Education seminars. Please visit http://mascusa.org/judges.php for requirements, guidelines, application and exams to become a presenter. If you are interested in becoming a presenter, review the requirements, study the breed standard and PowerPoint, and submit your application and exam to firstname.lastname@example.org
An extensive PowerPoint Presentation has been posted for MAS Education. Please refer judges to this document for more information about our breed.
WIN PHOTOS & BRAGS!
Everyone's Win photos have been gorgeous so keep them coming and I will post them! Send those brags and a photo to me.
Comix by Coleen
Just for grins a new comic every week in the Tuesday Talk!
Coleen Swift is our comic graphic designer for this series and she will be treating us to a
new comic every week for the Tuesday Talk Funnies!
You can also send a photo to be considered in one of Coleens designs!
THANK YOU COLEEN FOR THE WEEKLY GRINS!
What a fun weekend at the Waukeshaw, WI AKC Show. Wigglebutt Han Solo finished his Advanced Rally title. Wigglebutt Zenyatta earned her Senior Barnhunt title. Wigglebutt Makin' Me Bounce got his Barnhunt Instinct with style - this little guy has potential! And they all decided to share on the conformation wins...
Best of Breed: Wigglebutt Makin' Me Bounce (first time in the ring!) shown by Barb Kelm
Best of Breed: Wigglebutt Agapo Mr. Darcy, shown by Lori McKusick
Best of Breed: Wigglebutt Han Solo
Best of Breed: Wigglebutt Zenyatta
United Kennel Club - UKC Update!
The Miniature American Shepherd moves to the Herding Group in UKC on January 1, 2015!
Sire: Multiple CH. Bold Legends America's Most Wanted
Multiple CH. Bold Legend's America's Most Wanted
2008 Namascusa #3 Mini Aussie
2008 ARBA #2 Mini Aussie
Dam: Bold Legends Bell Star
Bold Legends Belle Star"Bella"PRA/PRCD: N/NMDR1: N/Ncompeting in agility and rally
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Calling all members who would like to see well written articles, brochures, and pamphlets with beautiful pictures for/about our dogs published
I need volunteers to assist with the Public Relations Committee. One of the first projects is to put together a feature article for the SHOWSIGHT Magazine. These are exciting times in the history of our club and your help and input is much needed. Please let me know through a private email if you would be willing to help with the all-important advertising for our club moving forward in full recognition in AKC. There are other very important items that need our attention as well. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate and help get the job done. Together we can have great information, beautiful pictures about our wonderful breed, information about their personalities and trait, along with their accomplishments all published for the public to see. It is my hope that we can form an outstanding PR Committee so we can share with the public how far we have come with our breed. Please consider this committee as your way to help get the information into print for our breed.
I think that the Working Aussie Source is one of the best locations on the net to find herding trials and clinics!
The opening page is for ASCA Trials but be sure and click on the Other Calendars and the Regional Calendars and other Events of Interest!
Premium for the upcoming AKC Herding Trials are online on the MASCUSA website! Two days of trials under one of the country's most sought after judges! Please join us in Oklahoma on November 15th and 16th!
Hosted by MASCUSA and supported by Mid America
Let's have some fun and gather several photos and videos of our dogs herding!!
Send to me
and I will place them in a future Tuesday Talk and maybe we can start a photo gallery of minis herding!
Let's do it right away!!
MASCUSA has updated our registry rules and forms.
They are located at www.mascusa.org
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with these rules.
MASCUSA Board of Directors
Welcome New Members for August!
The following applicants have applied for membership in MASCUSA. Any current member may protest the acceptance of an applicant by emailing email@example.com
, and providing the reason for the protest and the full name of the member that is protesting acceptance of the applicant.
Jackie Athon, CA
Karen Bristol, TX
Rex Bristol, TX
Terri H. Meyers, PA
Wendy Ward, CA
ATTENTION PHOTOS NEEDED!
Looking for photos, photos with family, performance photos, training photos and any fun photo you want to share with us! Send the photos to Mindy
AKC SHOW LINK SECTION
Search for AKC Conformation Shows, Herding Trials, Agility and other performance events. Click Here
Two popular Licensed Superintendents, who have information about upcoming shows and you can enter online thru their sites
Remember to send in your winsheets within 30 days of the show for your points to count!!!
THE PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER FOR YOU
Linda DuBois, Secretary
Patricia Davis, Treasurer
Denise Albright,many of the photos for TT
Send in those favorite photos so we can post them on the Tuesday Talk!