Thanks! Yes, if we had done things in the "normal order" it would have made more sense. But there are two "tracks" at our training center... One for people who are mostly "pet oriented", and those often are encouraged to train for the CGC. And those who are more sport oriented, and those tend to go into classes leading toward the specific sport in question. Of course there are people who specifically want to do therapy dog work, and they know they need their CGC. But since the CGC testing and the TDI testing are always held on the same day, most people do both together.
Maybe someday Kodi and I will do therapy dog work, but right now, it just doesn't fit into the schedule. That and Nose Work sound like great "retirement activities" for him! And the fact that CGC is now considered a title isn't much of a draw for me... he's already got an awfully long string of indecipherable letters after his name!
As far as Novice is concerned, he's definitely making good progress, but we need to get more distance on the stays before he's anywhere NEAR ready for ring-time. There's nothing else in Novice that should be a problem. Actually, once we get the stays down, I think we'll do pretty well. He's already working on increasing distance on drop on recall and signals, has started learning the go-out, and has FINALLY started to make good progress on the retrieve. (for a long time, I could get him to pick up, let alone HOLD the dumbell!!!
) He's just a "busy" dog... which makes it much easier for him to DO something than "NOT" do something. (like staying still for those long sits and downs!