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?