Summer Camp – Canine Good Citizen Practice!

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In this camp we practiced CANINE GOOD CITIZEN Routine. We went to Kennedy Park with the campers and divided the group in two so each handler had just one dog to work with .

What is it the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program?The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.

We practice 9 of the 10 steps:

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger – THANKS  STEPH, STACEY, LIEN AND MAURICIO TO BE THE FRIENDLY STRANGERS!

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

Test 3: Appearance and grooming

This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so.. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops.

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).  The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.

Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place

This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

Test 7: Coming when called

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to “stay” or “wait” or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.

Test 8: Reaction to another dog

This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.

Test 9: Reaction to distraction

This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.

When we finished with the training we allow the dogs to run & play free at the doggie park.
After the intense training, playing and heat we returned home to cool down and splash at our neighbor’s piscine!
Dogs become very excited with the freedom, the water and after all the concentration of the “CGC TEST” !  So we decided to finish the day with a calm and relax note. Each one took a camper and sat in the shade to have some bonding time . So the dogs during the day went from obedience => play time => excitement to calm relax bonding time with their human buddies!!
Some times we forget how important is to cultivate the connection with our dogs. We are always busy doing activities, training, moving, going and we do not remember that sitting and relaxing together is as important or more that any other trick!

Posted on August 15, 2012, in News. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Well we did fine until number 7 and 8 – and sometimes still a problem with # 9. Guess when we get home Paulina, the D’s will still need a “tune-up” occasionally. Certainly they’ll want to attend camp! They’re so good though, and you guys did such a great job with them since puppyhood. I get compliments all the time. Loved these pictures and it makes us miss you all more!

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