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What age for CGC classes?

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One more week to finish up with puppy class and then CGC classes start on the 26th of this month. Our puppy will be 5 months at that point and she has done real well with her training. I'm undecided about taking her to CGC.
Some have said she was too young and others say if I work at it she could do it. So has anyone else put their Havs through this early, if so how did they do? Thanks for any and all input you want to share. I just love these dogs!

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I can't answer your question about the classes, since my Tori passed her CGC testing without having had any classes. However, she was barely 10 mos. old when she took and passed the test, though.

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One thing to think about is that she will soon be an adolescent, and is likely to ahve more of a "mind of her own". Kodi was stellar in his training from 12 weeks through 5 months. Now, at almost 6 months, he is backsliding in some areas. Not that he's terrible, but, for instance, if you tell him to "down", he won't just do it. He'll look at you, hesitate, give a "woof" at you and then flop into the down. He's like an adolescent kid... always has a comment.<g> Also, his stays were so reliable a month ago that I could leave the room (momentarily) without him moving. Right now, it has deteriorated to the point that it's 50/50 whether I can step away from him at all and have him maintain the stay.

When I talked to the trainer about it, she was totally unconcerned. She said it's really common for them to go through at this age. He'll be getting neurtered in a couple of weeks, but the trainer said that she doesn't see signs that this is "adlult, intact male" behavior, but more just plain adolescent, "developing a mind of his own" puppy behavior. We're still doing our classes, and just working through it. But I just wanted you to be aware that in a month or two she might not be as reliable as she is right now!


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Well I have decided to wait on the class now. I'll train her at home till the first of the year and then make up my mind. I'm not a trainer by any stretch but she learns fast and that helps
Thanks for your input.
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My puppy George is 6 months and being neutered this week. I want to take the cgc test with him but I am going to wait till January, one reason is we are moving but also because adolescence has started for him. He was the best in his 2 classes he has taken but now he is kind of forgetting things and getting a bit more independent. Gonna wait a few months and see how this plays out. Taking another 6 weeks obedience class then in January the cgc. I dont want him to pass the test then backslide and not be sure about him. I'm in no rush to qualify him.
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I say go for it! I dont think I have ever had classes that hurt my dog. Dash and Dora both earned their CGCs as puppies so it can definitely be done. I also think puppy socialization is probably the best thing you get out of any class.

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Oh! Wasn't suggesting not taking the class... I do two classes with Kodi most weeks. As you said, it's as much about exposure and socialization as anything else. I was just trying to warn her that the "perfect puppy" stage sometimes hits a glitch or two during the adolescent stage!


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Oh I am wondering if I am making the right decisions again! She is also suffering from really bad SA and we are trying the Comfort Zone right now. I had thought that just having fun with the classes was good enough, I wasn't in a rush to get the certificate but she is pretty stubborn right now with some of her training so I thought I would wait. Plus it's a long drive to class
I'll talk with them again Monday night and make my final decision. At least I know that at this age it is doable, thanks.
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I just think of the certificates as icing on the cake and a good way to measure your training. But make sure it is fun for both of you. If if it is too far or not fun, you should look to a different trainer if possible. I think your dog has to be 6 months for CGC and 12 months for TDI. You definitely don't need to have classes to get them but they tend to help.

Make sure to share some more pics of adorable piper when you get a chance

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Well the classes are at the Kennel Club and that's as good as I'll get from where I live so I have no choice really. It is fun for her, work for me I may try it, I've heard it may help with her SA also? I'll keep you posted.
Here are 2 more pics of her at 4 months. She's almost 5 now so I need to update my album! She would be a great example of color changes....she was a dark chocolate brown when born and lightening up every day. I can't wait to see what we end up with
Well I don't see where I can insert pictures in a reply so I'll start a new thread for them.
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