The Bearded Collie is an intelligent worker and can be found taking part in many disciplines such as Obedience, Rally, Agility, Heelwork to Music and Herding . There are still some shepherds who prefer the independent style of the Beardie over the more traditional Border Collie particularly when working in the Highlands or over vast areas and rugged terrain .
Herding days are occasionally arranged for enthusiasts and it is interesting to test your dog with sheep in a safe environment with knowledgeable trainers. Anyone interested in Herding days can contact Officers or Committee members who will be able to assist with directing you to appropriate trainers.
Obedience classes can be found at the Open Show in Nov. and we welcome new and seasoned handlers and their dogs.
The Bearded Collie is not one for repetitive work so when seeking a trainer be sure they understand the temperament of your dog or you may find he/ she will become very bored very quickly and switch off!
Agility is a popular sport and great for keeping both dog and handler fit! Classes can often be found in conjunction with Obedience or you couls contact the Kennel Club for Clubs in your area.
Heelwork to Music is growing in popularity and often Obedience Clubs will have details of how to participate.
Rally is a fairly new sport in the UK but new clubs are beginning to appear and Obedience Clubs are also broadening their remit to include this fun activity which is often an alternative for those who are not competitively minded.
Working Tests :
Approved by both the Bearded Collie Club & the Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club (Revised 1987)Who may take the tests ?
These Tests may only be taken by members of the Bearded Collie Club and/or the Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club.
The tests are not competitive and to qualify a dog needs to gain 80% of the marks in each exercise. A dog must have qualified in the Primary Test before taking the Junior, in the Junior Test before taking the Intermediate and the Intermediate Test before taking the Senior.
The tests are restricted to any dog owned by a member of the Club, but Diplomas and Medallions are restricted to Bearded Collies (Registered or Unregistered). Each Bearded Collie that qualifies will receive a Diploma from the Club running the tests, signed by Judge and a Club Official. A Bearded Collie that qualifies in the Senior Tests will receive a Club Medallion. Members' other dogs may take the tests at the discretion of the Judge.
Diplomas will be awarded at the end of the tests. The Stewards are responsible for filling in the details on the Diploma and informing the Club Secretary of the results which will be published in the next edition of the Club magazine or newsletter.Where the tests take place
The Club will run these tests at any of its events where the ground is deemed suitable.
In addition the Club will endeavour to run these tests in any area of the country where there is a minimum of six dogs wanting to qualify.
Members wanting a Working Test meeting in their area must be prepared to find the ground. The Junior, Intermediate and Senior Test must take place in the open. .