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Father’s Day Farm Dog Adventure

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214 – August, 2021

By Debra Lampert-Rudman

To honor the memory of my Dad, Sam Lampert, who was a New Jersey dairy farmer, Bolt, my 6-year-old, parti-color Cocker Spaniel GCH. Topaz Palm Beach Playboy CD BN RM CGCA TKE, and I attempted the AKC Farm Dog Certified Title (FDC) on Father’s Day weekend run by Burlington County Kennel Club at Ev-Ry Farm in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Prior to this outing, I had never even seen a Farm Dog Certified test event but had noticed a few dog show friends posting cheery photos of their dogs attaining this title on social media. When I saw a win photo of a well-groomed dog perched on a hay bale beside a fancy rosette with a gorgeous farm scene in the background, I was intrigued.

A quick click to the AKC site stated:

“The FDC test provides an opportunity for dogs to apply their basic training in a unique environment.  One can think of it as a Canine Good Citizen test on a farm,” said Doug Ljungren, V.P. for Sports & Events.  “In addition to promoting responsible dog ownership, the basic manners needed for the FDC test will prepare them for many other AKC activities.”

Well, that sounded like fun–and since Bolt and I already competed in “other AKC activities” including Obedience, Rally, Trick Dog, and non-AKC activities including Parkour, and were always looking for new adventures to take together, particularly outdoor adventures, I searched the site for nearby tests.

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