Every year, around this time, there is a working dog Kelpie muster, which includes a working dog auction. The folks in charge have supplied a concise description of the levels of training on a dog and what they mean.
Here is the url for the catalog- wherein you can find many pre-listed dogs.
Catalogue Working Categories Definitions These definitions are a guide only and buyers’ must use their own judgment when purchasing a dog at auction.
Displays interest and approaches stock according to natural ability.
Given basic commands. Some training on a lead. Come, sit.
Keenness to work may override obedience.
Rides on a vehicle or motorbike.
Interested in stock and going around them in an enclosed area.
Works according to natural ability.
Handler needs to be on foot.
Short practice sessions.
May be unsettled in strange places
Confident on a small mob. May not handle a big mob.
Makes a few mistakes.
Reasonably obedient depending on level of desire.
May need a while to settle when working.
Brings small mobs of stock towards handler in easy situations.
Learning to drive stock but sometimes goes to the head of the mob.
Needs firm hand and encouragement.
Can be worked from a bike, horse, on foot, or when settled, partly from a vehicle.
Needs time to bond with new handler.
Mature in appearance.
May be unsettled in strange places.
Shows confidence in approach to stock it is used to working, in appropriate working conditions (eg if a paddock dog – in a paddock; if a yard dog – in yards etc).
Acceptable level of obedience.
Keenness to work and nature will depend on genetic make-up.
Yard dogs: keen to force when required.
Needs time to bond to new handler.
NOTE: Time taken to bond with new handler will vary, approximately 6 weeks is reasonable.