1. How easy is it to pass the AD?
With a fit young dog? Easy.
3. Did you run the course with your dog or ride your bike?
You have to ride a bike
4. During the brakes is it safe and recommended to offer your dog water?
The judge will tell you.It was November, we did not need any water
5. How many dogs are usually going for the test at once (I realize the number will fluctuate depending on season, area, and advertising)?
We had 4 or so
6. How did you prepare yourself and your dog for this test (did you run 8-12 miles with them a few days a week? Were you building up the amount of exercise for several months until you peeked around 13 miles)?
I didn't. I often do a 6 mile jog with my dog. Sometimes I will do it twice a day. Dog uses about ...oh...5% of the gas in his tank for that. 45 minutes of 2 ball or fetch are the only things that make him look like he had a workout, and that is sprinting the whole time. ONE thing I would have done differently...practiced heeling on a bike beforehand. It was baptism by fire for us. On the way out of the the fist leg I looked like Phoebe from Friends when she was learning to ride as an adult lol We got it down by the end. Harmony in pace and position was eventually achieved, seconds before i threw the bike in the woods and quit lol
7. Did you find that after building them up to this level that you had unknowingly conditioned your dog to NEED that much exercise regularly?
No, but we are fairly active anyway. We have done day long hikes up mountains, hours long.
8. How important (compared to other titles and certificates) do you think the AD title is? Is it something you look for and are impressed by when looking at a pedigree?
I did it because I liked challenges and the trophy was bigger than the BH we earned that weekend
Like others said you need it for the SV Breed Survey
9. How common are these tests (held only once a year or every few months)?
It seems my club offers it when they do a yearly trial. I'm green yet, and have not attended other trials, yet.
Other questions you asked- someone else can run your dog if you can't. We had an older woman have someone run her Dobie.
It was fun, and funny at times
I'll be doing it with each dog,and would take another's dog for them if they could not bike.