For hundreds of years, people have used dogs to help them move and manage livestock. Herding competition is one of the most difficult, yet satisfying things you can do in partnership with your Boxer.
A dog needs no specific training to participate in an instinct test. The judge is looking for the dog’s natural ability to move and control livestock. As you train your dog and enter into competition in the various trial programs, you then will demonstrate more advanced skills that allow you to showcase what a very intelligent and willing partner a Boxer can be. A herding Boxer must be a thinking partner in this sport.
The courses, like Agility trial courses, are usually known in advance and you are supplied with a map or description of where you must move the stock. A judge then scores your “run” according to how well you and your dog moved the stock through the obstacles the course presents.
There are several competition herding trial programs. The American Kennel Club, The American Herding Breed Association, The Canadian Kennel Club and the United States Border Collie Handlers Association. All offer ranch and arena courses to challenge you and your Boxer!