Is your dog ready to become a Canine Good Citizen ?
The Canine Good Citizens test was designed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) to help promote responsible dog ownership and to help improve the public's view of the pet dog. The test consists of 10 exercises that the dog must perform in order to be certified as a Canine Good Citizen. The test involves tasks which show the owners basic control of the dog and the dogs good manners in everyday situations. The exercises are as follows :
Accepting a friendly stranger.
Sitting politely for petting.
Apperance and grooming.
Walking on a loose leash.
Walking through a crowd.
Sit and down on command/staying in place.
Reaction to another dog.
Reaction to distractions
These exercises are performed with the dog on leash wearing either a flat buckled collar or a slip trainig collar, no pinch collars or gentle leaders are allowed (AKC rules not mine). At no time can the dog show any aggression toward the owner or evaluators and must be under control (no jumping up or pulling on the leash).
Most dogs who have finished a post graduate level class should be able to perform the exercises well, there is nothing exceptionally difficult about any of them. A special CGC class is offered on Tuesday evenings for those interested in brushing up on the exercises and making sure their dogs training is in place. The next 6 wk course starts on June 17th from 7:30-8:30 pm. The course covers the preparation for the test as well as an introduction to clicker training (see cover story last issue) and a polishing of the basics around distractions.
The benefits of having a certifed CGC dog are obvious; a well mannered companion and family member. The certification itself is useful for taking your dog along on vacation, when renting an apartment, a hotel room or even a vacation or summer home. CGC tells the world that your dog is not a nuisance or a destructive nightmare, but a well manned part of your family. In a society where dogs are often seen as dangerous or a public nuisance the CGC puts a good word in for the dogs.
Come give the test a try, even if you're not sure if your dog is ready, he may surprise you !! Call for more information or to set up an appointment for your dog's test (617) 324-3722 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.