Wandryln Roguish Reeler
RN HSAs HSAd HIA
Diane Koontz Bresee
First AKC herding titles
for the breed -
HSAs and HSAd
In 2010 when our Belgian Laekenois was 7 months old, we gave herding a try at an area workshop. I became hooked on herding instantly when my puppy, "Trooper", instinctively gathered and brought the sheep back to me. It was thrilling and inspiring to watching our smart Laekenois do what our breed was bred to do. As someone who had been an exhibitor/ breeder/judge of a different breed for several decades, herding in comparison was far more challenging, rewarding and meaningful to me.
We train for and compete in arena herding trials in American Kennel Club, American Herding Breeds Association and Australian Shepherd Club of America venues. The AKC has confirmed Trooper is the first Belgian Laekenois to earn the Herding Started A Course on sheep and ducks, and Herding Intermediate A Course title on sheep and ducks titles. Currently he is shy his third leg of completing his AKC Advanced A Course duck title and needs one leg to finish AKC Started B Course ducks. We have also trialed on cattle in ASCA and have earned the Started B Course on cattle title and one leg of the Open B cattle title. Trooper is officially Wandrlyn Roguish Reeler HRD I-s HTAD I-s RN HSAsd HIAds STDsdc RLF I-s OFTDd HTD II-s HTAD II-d.
Herding is one, if not the most difficult, of all canine performance sports. The sport is based on the real life chores of farmers, ranchers and stockmen. The goal for the team in arena trials is to move the stock on a predetermined course with different handler lines for the class level as efficiently as possible and without unduly stressing the stock. Not only does herding call upon the handler and dog to work together every second of the trial run to control and direct the stock, the additional layer of difficulty is in the stock being an unknown factor subject to many influences, heat, wind, hunger, thirst etc. The team requires much training and skill to "read" the stock and react quickly to the situation.
I sincerely hope all Belgian Laekenois owners will give herding a try. It's the most fun and most vexing activity you'll ever enjoy with your dog!
Diane Koontz Bresee