June 12th 2012 10:11 pm
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Jack is an AKC Canine Good Citizen!
We started in a class of about fifteen, and a perhaps five of us actually made it to the test. However, there was another class testing alongside us, which brought a new challenge in the form of a dozen strange dogs. Two BC crosses both got along terribly with my dog - several times I had to break stares and body block, and once I needed to actually physically force my dog out of range. It wasn't a very encouraging start.
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
Swimmingly! The woman evaluating this section was very easygoing, which calmed both of us down.
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
Needed an extra cue for sit, but not bad.
Test 3: Appearance and grooming
No problems here. Jack loves brushing.
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
I wasn't pleased with this test. He did well enough to pass, but it was much less than I expected of him. I wish we could've had a warm-up ring!
Test 5: Walking through a crowd
Our very best test, in my less-than-humble opinion. He gave an excellent heel, tight and focused. The evaluator gave some truly uplifting praise and suggested we try rally.
Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
These are pretty simple. Jack downs very well(we even won a "quick draw down" contest during class) and short stays have never been an issue.
Test 7: Coming when called
He came running. So far so good...
Test 8: Reaction to another dog
Ouch! I was worried about this test, and I should've been, because even with practice it was troublesome. He ignored a cue to sit and got overexcited, but not so out of control as to fail the test. Definitely needs works to satisfy me.
Test 9: Reaction to distraction
Strollers and thunking phone books behind us. I didn't worry about this much, but the evaluator threw the phone book behind us and he nearly broke. Still, a pass.
Test 10: Supervised separation
Jack was a little more stressed than I'd like and the evaluator was a complete and total stranger, and not one with a very calming presence. I heard him get a little whiny, but it was a success overall.
And ta-da! Eight weeks of hard work, and Jack finally has his CGC! Now, when does rally class start?
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ConPAWulatons on your CGC! Good Job!