Instinct Evaluation

Introduction to Livestock

If you wish to attend and practice with your dog at a THCSDA practice day or Fun Trial; and you are a new member; and/or new to herding, you are required to go through Instinct Evaluation/Introduction to Livestock.  This may be done at a practice day or by any member of the board, member whom has livestock, or approved herding Judge who is willing to evaluate new dogs. They may waive the requirement if your dog is already qualified due to training or your past experience. Contact Karen Trimble for more information at These requirements are for the safety of the dog, the handler, and the livestock.

Evaluations should be scheduled prior to participation in a play day or individually scheduled with a THCSDA board member, a member with livestock, or qualified Judge in any herding venue. There is a $50.00 livestock/evaluation fee charge (this is NOT for a lesson, during lessons your dog will have more time on sheep than with the instinct evaluation).

If you are interested in lessons, please ask during the evaluation or email any board member.