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Accepting a friendly stranger

  • This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.

 

Sitting politely for petting

  • This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler.

 

Appearance and grooming

  • This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility.

 

Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

  • This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog.

 

Walking through a crowd

  • This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places

 

Sit and down on cue and Staying in place

  • This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s cues to sit and down and will remain in the place cued by the handler until released.

 

Coming when called

  • This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler

 

Reaction to another dog

  • This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs.

 

Reaction to distraction

  • This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations.

 

Supervised separation

  • This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners.

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