Story: Farm dogs

The long head (1st of 4)

The long head

The long head is usually run on a steep hill. A heading dog is sent out to a distance of up to 800 metres to bring three sheep back to the dog handler, in as direct a line as possible. Points are awarded for the run out and head, then for the ‘lift’ and pull. The run has to be completed within a specified time – usually between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on the course.

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Clive Dalton, 'Farm dogs - Sheepdog trials', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2024)

Story by Clive Dalton, published 24 Nov 2008