|Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 8:38am PST |
|Can they whine a little during supervised separation, so long as they aren't jumping or lunging or howling? - The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. On this, 'howling the whole time' would be a problem. Charka was nervous with this one too... but a LITTLE whining was OK.
Can they flinch for the grooming portion if they still tolerate it? - I'm not going to post the whole rule on this. The test is designed to a) determine that the dog is well-cared-for and b) that it will permit handling/grooming by a stranger. _I_ would interpret that a flinch (degree is everything ) is not a problem. A stronger reaction would be.
Can they go up to see a person so long as they aren't jumping or pulling? - The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. I assume you mean during moving through the crowd. I got carried away since Charks was doing sooo well and let her pass too close to someone. She sniffed, I chatted her up and got her attention back. The 'some interest' bit is the interpretive element. IF you are talking about the chatting-with-stranger bit rather than the crowd (?), THAT is different and dog should not break position.
We took the CGC early in our training. I wanted to see where we needed to work to eventually pass... and darned if Charka didn't pass on first try. I look back on that and think 'darn, we didn't do perfectly on specific pieces'. In toto, she and I did fine. By now? Well, we're training in a therapy dog class and we're long way from that early test. Charks is really good and _I_ know how to handle her better...
But that CGC? Well we did OK... even though I still think/agonize about handling my way out of a couple of jams... it STILL bothers me how close _I_ came to messing up my dog
ETA If I had to do it with a new partner... I'd train a bit longer. Oh, heck. Who am I kidding. I'd take it after a couple of ob classes just to see where we are
Edited by author Fri Oct 19, '12 8:42am PST
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