Friday, 22 October 2010

Perro de Agua Espanol, Concurso de pastoreo 2010 - Goat Herding Trial in Spain

On 17th October 2010, the Annual Goat Herding Trial in South Spain was held in a place called Algar. (Concurso de Pastoreo del Perro de Agua Español)

MD10 has been always sponsoring this event, being Spanish and Andalusian.

The Shampoo for Spanish Water Dog? Yes, "MD10, Texture Volume". For people who likes Coarse coat, MD10 dog grooming shampoo brought out a brand new shampoo called "Texture Herbal". Instead of Water, they use "Herbal Infusion", herbs like Rosemary. The shampoo smells gorgeous indeed. I am sure this is good for my dog and for me as aromatherapy.....

Algar is one my favourite spot in the world. Beautiful views surrounded by mountains and lakes. The sunset is breath taking....The animals who live on the farm are lucky.

This working trial was started to keep the working ability of el Perro de Auga Español (Spanish Water Dog), which is rapidly loosing in modern life styles. Spanish Water Dog can adopt in many living environment like living in town, however, their intelligence, strength will shine especially when they are working. The herding is one of common usage of this breed in south Spain since long time ago.

As I wrote in my previous blog, they just watch other experienced dog does, then copy it straight away. They are natural learner in many ways.... good or bad.

This year, they had 28 entries with a lot of new comers, which I believe it is wonderful. It is important to keep this interesting ability for the next generation, as a part of culture in this country, which they can be proud of.

Herding test is not just chasing Goat as you think - it is the obedience level of the handler, also not harming goats - these elements are strictly considered.

Dog has to know when and which direction he has to chase. Therefore, the ultimate obedience is the most important elements. Dog also has to be calm and should not be scared of goats too.

Young Christina and her dog joined this event at the very first time, and they did wonderfully and won a prize !!!

Well Done Christina - we will see again next year!

Shall I bring my Boris next year?