In the companion dog test with traffic part (BH-VT), the dog is tested for its suitability for everyday life. For this purpose, road safety, social compatibility, impartiality and obedience are tested. The dog must be at least 15 months old and the dog handler must prove basic knowledge about dog keeping within the framework of a competence test.
A chip check is carried out at the beginning of the test to clearly establish the identity of the animal. Since 2012, the companion dog test in the VDH has been carried out according to the international test regulations of the FCI (Féderation Cynologique Internationale).
In the companion dog test, a prescribed running pattern with various exercises is tested. You always start in a team of two, one human-dog team starts with the running pattern while the other team starts with the down exercise.
Leash handling, free following, sit exercise, down in connection with approach and down of the dog under distraction are tested. A maximum of 60 points can be achieved here. To pass this part of the companion dog test, a minimum of 42 points must be achieved.
In the street part or traffic part, the dog’s suitability for everyday life is assessed with “pass/fail”. To pass the test successfully, all parts of the test must be passed.
It is important to note that the specific requirements and exercises may vary depending on the governing body or club conducting the companion dog test. Those described above are the current VDH/FCI regulations.