On Saturday I drove North, to join our local collie club for one of our many fun events. This time our club held a Farm Dog Certified test. To earn this title (FDC), a dog has to pass the test twice, so we held a test in the morning with one judge and another in the afternoon with a different judge. The FDC, or Farm Dog Certified title, is earned by passing a series of test elements. Per the AKC - "The Farm Dog Certified test is designed to assess the overall conduct of a dog within a typical farm environment. The dog must demonstrate self-control when exposed to livestock and other unique sights, sounds and scents. The dog should exhibit confidence and a willingness to comply with instruction when confronted with a variety of situations. The Farm Dog Certification is not intended to confer herding capability, but rather a foundation of self-control and biddability beneficial to all working dogs." All 12 of the elements of the test can be found on the AKC website.
|This was a practice hay bale, not the one used in the test.
|Ryder with his winnings!
To learn more about the Farm Dog Certified test, and to find out where it is being held next, you can click HERE.
On Sunday we grabbed a few of the collies, and we headed to our favorite hiking trails. It was a beautiful day, and the collies were happy to pose for some pictures.
So that is how we spent this beautiful weekend, what did you guys do?