How does the companion dog test for dogs work?

In a companion dog test according to FCI guidelines, a dog is tested for its reliability in everyday life: How tolerable, safe and obedient is the four-legged friend? The exam consists of several parts. Part of the companion dog test is carried out on the dog place - Shutterstock / mdmmikle

So that you can take the companion dog exam with your four-legged friend, two requirements must be met: your dog must be older than 15 months and you, the dog owner, must take a special test. This will ask for your knowledge of species-appropriate, professional dog ownership - pass the test, get a certificate of expertise and may take your companion to the companion dog exam.

Companion Dog Exam: First part of the exam

The first part of the companion dog test is carried out on a training area. There the dog has to be guided with and without a leash and has to show that it can walk with "foot". Even in the event of sudden turns and changes in speed, he must remain at the knee level of his owner and must not be distracted by distractions. Then his behavior is checked when walking through a group of people: does he remain calm, does he stop on command with his owner and orbits individual people with him?

Now the dog has to prove his obedience while being distracted: In another exercise, he has to lie down on command and remain there while his owner moves away from him. The exercise is made more difficult by the fact that another dog nearby is taking the submission test and distracting him. Finally, various "sit" and "place" exercises and approaching on call are part of the first section of the exam. If the four-legged friend passes it, the examiners proceed to the next part.

This is how dog behavior is tested in everyday life

For the second, somewhat more time-consuming part of the test, the dog's place is left: In public life, the dog's behavior is now tested in a wide variety of everyday situations. In various exercises, the four-legged friend should show safe, friendly behavior while encountering other dogs, cyclists, joggers, inline skaters, pedestrians and other road users. The dog must also be leashed and wait patiently while its owner moves out of sight. If the dog shows itself to be good and reliable, it will pass the companion dog test and from now on can also take part in other tests - for example in agility or obedience competitions.

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