Eunice Gerloff, President of the Lone Star Flock Tending Club, contacted us recently to tell us about a demonstration she did recently in her town.
The Plano Landmark Association set aside 4.5 acres in downtown Plano, Texas to give local residents a farm experience during American Scout Day at the local Heritage Farmstead Museum. Eunice took her sheepdogs to the city to participate in the "Sheep to Shawl" presentation, which included demos of everything from sheep herding to how to shear, spin and weave wool. Eunice, her two German Shepherd Dogs and 18 sheep demonstrated "flocktending" patrol duty throughout the day.
Eunice shared with us: "The visitors that had dogs of their own could easily understand the natural instincts and the territorial boundaries that the dogs maintained as a living fence while the sheep grazed inside a border painted on the ground. A wireless microphone was provided and I gave a short explanation of the basic instincts of dogs and sheep. The visitors that had never seen sheepdogs at work were impressed and amazed!"
You can watch Eunice's video here
and learn what else the Lone Star Flock Tending Club
is doing. Thanks, Eunice.
We know that many of your take your dogs out in public to demonstrate both the tasks they were bred to do as well as many of the companion events like Obedience, Agility and AKC Rally®
. This is an invaluable tool to educate dog owners about the fun and enriching activities they can get involved in with their canine family members. Thank you for all the work you do.
We would love to see photos and video of these demonstrations. Share them with us on Facebook
, or via email at email@example.com
Hundreds of clubs are also doing demos during AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days this September. Register your club
for an event if you haven’t already!
Dennis B. Sprung
President and CEO