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2023 Top Herding Dogs

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Herding tests and trials are open to all breeds. The sport requires dogs to move a group of livestock (ducks, sheep or cattle) through a designated course of gates and into a pen. Guided by the commands of their handlers, the dogs must be forceful enough to maintain control of the stock, yet quiet enough not to panic or scatter the herd.

The Canadian Kennel Club proudly congratulates Top Herding Dog, Peat, as well as owner/handler François and breeder Tierney on their achievements in 2023! 

#1 – Peat HAD HAS SDIS

Call name: Peat
Border Collie
Date of Birth: April 11, 2017
Breeder: Tierney A. Graham
Owner: François LeBlanc
Handler: François LeBlanc

François LeBlanc:

Wow, what a great reward! Peat has become a remarkable working dog, whether on our farm or in trials. He has helped me grow enormously as a trainer, handler and person. At the age of two, Peat came to us for training, a young dog with a bit of a clownish attitude and little work ethic. Now at five, he's my main partner on our sheep farm and in our herding dog school, but he still has a bit of a clown about him. This year, I had a fabulous experience competing with him in our first year of CKC events. We achieved some fine performances, but more importantly, we were incredibly consistent on every course!

I had the opportunity to take part in several competitions in 2023, whether in Virginia, Nova Scotia or Ontario. I had to travel many miles to test my dogs' ability to work in herding. I'd like to thank my wife, Ariane, for taking care of our farm, our canine centre, but above all, our three girls during my absences. Without her, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to compete. In Eastern Canada, don’t have many CKC herding dog events. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers, without whom we would not have the opportunity to meet so many people who share the same passion, that of working our dogs' natural instincts. Thanks to Renee Worringer, Stephen Rowell and especially Tanya L Wheeler. And finally, I'd like to thank a new travel partner, who had the courage to drive 40 hours with me to compete in Thunder Bay! Thank you, Sylvie Martel.

(Photo credit: Jimmy Leroux)

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