Companion dog examination
The companion dog test (BH) or companion dog test is a basic test in clubs of the FCI , in which the obedience of the dog and its behavior in public (e.g. when meeting pedestrians, joggers and cyclists) is tested.
This test is the basis for participation in other tests and competitions in dog sports , such as B. agility , obedience , VPG , tournament dog sports (THS) or tracking work (FH). It consists of two parts: a part on the practice area (subordination) and an examination in traffic / public. Before the test, the confident Judges of the temperament of the dog ( temperament test / mental test), which will continue to be judged during the test. Dogs with mental deficiencies will be disqualified immediately.
The minimum age of the dog for tests is 15 months. The owner and, if different, the dog handler must be a member of an association whose umbrella organization is a member of the FCI. Before the start of the examination, the dog handler must have provided proof of competence . Proof of this is a prerequisite for taking the exam. The entire test must be taken without aids such as treats, toys to curl and spiked collars. The dog must wear a simple, single-row, loosely-fitting chain collar that is not adjusted to pull, alternatively a standard collar or chest harness can be used. For dogs with official requirements (muzzle), these also apply in the traffic section of the test, as the dog moves there in public. Every dog that is to be presented must be chipped or tattooed. This is used to clearly establish the dog's identity. The examination in the subordinate part takes place according to a fixed scheme. Walking with and without a leash, walking through a group of people, sitting and laying down in connection with approaching is required. Twists, changes in tempo and stops are inserted. In addition, while another human / dog team is completing its subordination part, the dog must lie off the leash at a distance of 30 paces from its dog handler, i.e. show a deposit with distraction. After passing the subordination part, the safe and friendly behavior of the dog towards other road users (cyclists, strollers, joggers etc.) and other dogs is checked outside the dog area.
There are other tests in dog sport or dog training that are called the companion dog test. Where the assistance dog test is required as a prerequisite for dog sport tests in the area of responsibility of the FCI, only tests in accordance with the guidelines of the respective national regulations of the national organizations (LAO) are recognized. For the national organizations of the FCI, see Fédération Cynologique Internationale: Members of the FCI . In the VDH , since January 1, 2012, there is no longer any national regulation for the assistance dog test, but the FCI's international test regulations.
In Austria, too, the companion dog test serves to prove that the dog and dog handler are able to exercise the basic rules of obedience and common behavior in public. The exam is also the basis for further training. Depending on the affiliation with the dog school, the test is taken either according to the guidelines of the ÖKV or the ÖHU . The difference between the examination regulations is small, which is why a passed examination can be regarded as equivalent.
- Examination regulations: Companion dog examination with behavior test and expert examination . In: FCI : Examination regulations for the international working dog examinations and the international tracking dog examination of the FCI . Valid from January 1, 2012. p. 23 ff. Online (PDF; 1.5 MB)
- Examination regulations edition 2016 (March 21, 2016). (PDF, 708.5 kb) Austrian Dog Sports Union , March 21, 2016, accessed on July 2, 2016 (also contains information on the companion dog test).
- Examination requirements and associations of the Association for the German Canine Industry (VDH) authorized to take examinations