A Perfect 10!
This is what we did to pass the test:
- Accepting a friendly stranger.
- Sitting politely for petting.
- Allowing basic grooming procedures.
- Walking on a loose lead.
- Walking through a crowd.
- Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.
- Coming when called.
- Reacting appropriately to another dog.
- Reacting appropriately to distractions.
- Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner.
Every Tuesday night for the last eight weeks we have been driving to Plattsburgh, NY to take the Canine Good Citizenship course. Last week we did a mock test and it was bad! We managed 6/10. (You need a perfect ten to pass.) The Dog was not cooperating …we had turned into 70 lbs of unfocused stubborn. It was not a good night. «talking fast and loud, like a sports announcer» “Six outta ten…That’s gotta hurt! What a train wreck. They’ve gotta go back, re-group and put the past behind them! Rememba…it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings!” «takes a deep breath and continues in normal voice» 🙂 No need to panic, there was plenty of time left. We had one week to clean up our act! Sooo…we spent the last seven days: meeting and greeting strangers, walking on a loose lead, meeting others dogs and hanging out at our local vet (enduring separation from owner – moi). We went to our final class last night really tired — this is a good thing — and were totally focused on what we were doing. We scored a perfect 10!!!! We now have another certificate to add to our collection and according to Wikipedia, we can add CGC to our name.
An aside: When we were looking to join a Dog Club, we checked all over our area and found that the closest club was in Plattsburgh, New York. So every Tuesday night we pack up our passports, clear customs and go to America! US Customs it seems, are partial to Chocolate Labs and we always get petted! For a dog who needs constant attention, this is important! On our way home, like all good Canadians, we fill up the car with cheap American gas. 🙂