So I think my BC pup has a ton of great instinct for herding, so of course I wanted to see him on sheep. I've never really been herding before, and honestly I was just super excited to go and try it, hopefully get into classes if he did well in the instinct test and compete in competitions. I went to a place around here that was raved about by multiple people I knew and worked with. I looked at video's online of the place and read their information and all seemed well. After paying, I sat to watch and wait my turn with the dogs in the car, but after watching I did not like what I saw in any way. I'm not squemish about some tougher methods, though I don't use them. I think what I saw went far beyond training into the realm of abuse.
But that's not really the point, It's not about this place, it's about the methods. Herding training or instinct testing, what are the general methods? What I mean to ask, is this method something I'm going to see everywhere? Is that how's it's done in the sheep herding world? Or is it like other training, some do it, but other's use other methods? I'm not asking if there are multiple ways of doing it, there always is lol. I'm asking, as a general rule, which is the majority when it comes to sheep training?
I guess mostly I'm super dissappointed and am hoping these methods are not the norm, and that I'll have a good chance of finding a new place. I'm a bit scared off herding classes at the moment, I don't want my dog beaten for the sake of herding classes. So I guess more than anything, I'm hoping for reassurance that there are more positive methods out there?