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The Farm Dog Certified Test consists of 12 situations that a dog might encounter in a typical farm environment.
  1. Greet the judge

  2. Walk around the farm and a passive stranger

  3.  Jump on hay/straw bale

  4. Walk past farm animals

  5. Walk over or through unusual surfaces

  6. Supervised separation

  7. Pass through a gate

  8. Handler feeds livestock

  9. Reaction to another dog

  10. Reaction to noise distraction

  11. Dog approaches livestock

  12. Physical examination


Your dog responds well to commands at home and in public, but how would he respond in a farm environment? There’s an easy way to find out: Sign him up for a Farm Dog Certified (FDC) test.

The FDC test is intended to test a dog’s aptitude to work as a farm dog. It is not meant to be an obedience test, however your dog will need to have basic leash-walking skills and a solid “stay” to be successful.


Open to all breeds of dogs, this test involves your dog performing a series of 12 exercises that are typical for a farm environment such as being in close proximity to livestock (who are always penned to avoid any altercations); jumping and staying on hay/straw bales; walking on unusual terrain; and jumping over logs. All exercises are done on a leash. There is no herding involved. Instead, the goal is to assess his aptitude as a working farm dog by exhibiting self-control, confidence and trust with you or his handler.

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