Ch. Covy-Tucker Hill's Bailey's Irish Cream PT OFA H/E, at work.
Owned by Jan and Rich Fitzmorris, Cappy Pottle and Gloria Birch
At Covy-Tucker Hill we have always believed that intelligence, temperament and soundness of working structure are essentials in the well-bred German Shepherd Dog. Our dogs have excelled in performace activities, and in particular seem to have a natural talent for Herding. Some of our dual-titled dogs are listed below.
Understanding Herding Titles:
The American Kennel Club offers two Herding programs, Herding Trials, and Herding Tests. In the trial program, dogs are individually scored, and then ranked, with a minimum score required to proceed. Three legs under three different judges are required to earn each of the following titles: Herding Started (HS), the started level, Herding Intermediate (HI) the intermediate level, and Herding Excellent (HX) the advanced level. Once the advanced level has been achieved, the dog may then achieve the Herding Champion (HCH) title, by earning 15 points through class placements at the advanced level.
The testing program is judged on a pass/fail basis, with no scoring or class placements. Two legs, under two different testers must be accomplished. The Herding Tested (HT) title involves moving the livestock (sheep or ducks) around a small arena, and performing both a stop, and a recall. The Pre-Trial (PT) title involves moving the livestock through a larger course, a stop and recall are also required.
Ch. Covy-Tucker and Echo Hill's Valence PT OFA
Ch. Covy-Tucker Hill Just A Crush OFA
The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent breeds of dog, and it needs structure, someone to love, companionship and a purpose in life. Getting your dog, and yourself involved in an activity, such as obedience, agility, herding or rally is a great way to challenge your dog and develop a great working relationship. If you are unsure of how to get involved with these activities, contacting your local kennel club is a great start. They will be able to provide you with information on classes in your area. The AKC provides an excellent listing of U.S. dog clubs. Visit the AKC website for more info.