Sylvia Mattson and Lori A. Eby, A.K.C. judges for the Farm Dog Certified program.
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. 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. What you need to bring to this event after entry are a 4-6' leash; a secure, well-fitting, flat collar; your dog; and a can-do attitude with a spirit of adventure.
This is an event that must be sanctioned by A.K.C. and can be run simultaneously with other events such as Obedience/Rally trials. Traditionally it was run during herding events but this is not a requirement. To receive the official title of Farm Dog Certified your dog must successfully pass the 12 exercises at 2 different events and under 2 different judges.