Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Canine Good Citizen Practice

When we work with dogs beyond basic obedience one of our main focuses is often getting the dog their Canine Good Citizen certificate.  The CGC is an AKC developed test that determines if a dog is a "good member of the canine community".  The widest use I find for it is going into therapy work but even if owners are not planning on that, all the steps of the test are behaviors that most owners in an urban environment would like their pups to be able to do.  To help our students practice for the test and to educate more people about the test we did some brief videos to outline what is required in each step.  Please note: these are intended to be information for practice.  We are using treats which is not allowed in the test.  But to get a dog to work as hard as they need to in order to pass this test we need to give them a paycheck!

CGC #1: Accepting a friendly stranger

CGC #2: Sitting politely for petting

CGC #3: Appearance and Grooming

CGC #4 and #5: Out for a walk and walking through a crowd
Since we did this in my home we didn't have much room or a crowd to work on these steps!

CGC #6 and #7: Sit, Down, Stay and coming when called

CGC #8: Reaction to another dog

CGC #9: Reaction to a distraction

CGC #10: Supervised separation
Since the only people around were family members we couldn't do Supervised Separation with our dog!

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