On May 29th , Libby was entered in the new AKC Farm Dog Certified (FDC)Test hosted by the Susque-Nango Kennel Club in Windsor, NY. The Farm Dog Certified test provides for a series of twelve exercises that represent situations a farm dog would encounter in a typical farm environment. The basic test requirements are designed to emphasize a dog’s ability of self-control, confidence and trust necessary to succeed in any canine/human partnership. These traits and foundational training are vital to a working farm dog. The FDC program provides an opportunity for all dogs to apply their basic training in a novel environment, demonstrating their natural capability and trainability to work in partnership with their human companions. The dog must pass 2 tests under 2 different judges in order to be certified and earn their title. There was one test scheduled in the morning and the second in the afternoon. As luck would have it, it was pouring out for both our tests, so we only have some inside shots of her test. Libby passed both tests for her title with flying colors!
The new Farm Dog with her title bling!
Libby says “tastes like Chicken” LOL
The official certificate
Libby being examined for any debris or objects she may have collected while “working” on the farm. This is one element of the test showing the dog will accept examination by the handler.
Libby demonstating she can approach livestock and has the self-control to not lunge, be on a tight lead or be aggressive to the stock. When asked she willingly returned attention back to me to exit the fenced area.