We recently signed up to take the eight week Canine Good Citizen course. At the end of the eight weeks we can take the test.
This is what we must accomplish! From the Canadian Good Citizen Test:
1 – Accepting a friendly stranger: Owner shakes hands with a friendly stranger. This test displays a dog’s acceptance of unfamiliar adults and children
2 – Patiently sitting for petting: A test for shyness and defence of personal space.
3 – Appearance and grooming: Reveals owner’s care and sense of responsibility for their dog.
4 – Out for a walk: Illustrates handler’s control of his or her dog.
5 – Walking through a crowd: Demonstrates that the dog moves around in a crowd without being unduly distressed and is under handler control.
6 – Response to commands “sit”, “down”, “stay” and “come”: This exercise exhibits that the dog is trained and responds well to its handler/owner.
7 – Praise/Interaction: Shows the dog’s relationship with its owner and that the dog can be calmed down easily.
8 – Reaction to passing dogs: Demonstrates that the dog behaves politely around other dogs.
9 – Distractions: Illustrates that the dog is confident when faced with common distractions.
10 – Supervised isolation: Reveals that the dog can be left with someone other than its usual handler and will maintain its training and good manners.
We had our first class last night and it went “reasonably” well for eight dogs (with owners) meeting for the first time. At any given time we can do all of the above, it’s just a question of being focused and listening. THAT is the major problem. We really, really like being around people (we are a Lab after all!) and tend to get a little pumped up (OK…hyper) and maybe, sometimes jump on people. It seems jumping on people, no matter how happy you are when you jump on them, will not get you a pass on this test. We take the test in early March!
We reside on the Canadian side of the border but are taking our classes on the US side. If Roxy passes her Canine Good Citizen test on the US side, does that give her dual citizenship? 😆