The Carting Tests of the American Bouvier des Flandres Club (ABdFC) are a
series of exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the natural abilities of
the Bouvier des Flandres in a cart-pulling environment with a handler. While
working in a capacity involving hauling, the dog and handler must demonstrate
teamwork skills. The Bouvier des Flandres has historically functioned as a
carting dog in various capacities and the performance of these exercises is intended
to demonstrate skills resulting both from natural ability and training that
are applicable to realistic work situations.
Dogs must be willing to work with their handlers and the exercises must be accomplished efficiently. The goal of each handler is to maintain control while encouraging his/her dog’s natural independence; together, they demonstrate teamwork. Since a dog can perform carting work only in cooperation with a person, each handler must demonstrate an understanding of carting work with the dog’s ability, training, and equipment.
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