be the one nearest to Gate 2 on the driving field. A 6-foot cord shall be attached to the end of the opening gate. The handler is allowed to hold the cord to the end but not farther. The handler shall direct the dog to pen the sheep unassisted, and shall close the gate only when the sheep are completely inside the pen. Points may be deducted for excess movement during the pen attempt. No points are given for an unsuccessful attempt.
The shed shall be attempted only after a pen is completed. The handler opens the pen and moves the sheep out in the open field. The handler directs the dog to control the sheep in a designated area, and commands the dog to split and hold a determined number of sheep away from the flock. The judge will signal when the shed has been accepted. No points are given for attempting a shed.
Each dog shall work its assigned sheep through the course in a determined time, and must be unassisted in any way by the handler, other than commands spoken or whistled. A dog working too aggressively, or too inattentively to maintain control of the sheep, shall lose points in any or all of the sections.