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canine good citizen and therapy dog

Riki and Daisy both passed their Canine Good Citizen test. Partially, I think it was because it was so incredibly hot that they didn't really care that I was far away from them and didn't look for me...they were just relaxing on the cool grass! LOL

Our next step is to pass the Therapy Dog test. I really want to take them to senior homes or children's hospitals. Riki loves everyone. Daisy is more shy, but she really loves sitting on laps. She adores kids.

Does anyone have a therapy dog? Are your dogs enjoying this?

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I want Henry to do this, but I don't know if he can learn not to react if I leave the room.
And, ummm, sometimes he growls if he's disturbed before he wants to get up.
We live nearby a hospital and senior residence home.

I wonder if I could work on his issues?

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getting ready for canine good citizen

We practiced a lot! We also did five minute stays so they are used to just hanging out. Riki didn't pass when he was under a year...because he used to put his paws up when greeting although he passed everything else.

There are links on how to teach your dogs each of the steps so you can practice. If Riki growls ever, I make this big angh sound and he has learned that he must not. He knows I am the alpha dog, not him!

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Like a really BIG angh noise? . . .like you're growling right back?

(he just did it, so I raised my voice and got him off the bed, banished to the floor for the night now)
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the sound

My trainer told me it sounds like his mother scolding him. I only use it for growling or big issues. He knows that I am not pleased.

He also likes to please me, so he catches on fast. I never allow any growling except between the two of them when they play. No growls ever allowed when they have a bully stick though.
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Both my girls have CGC and TDI titles Dasher will hopefully join them when gets older!

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Congrats on your titles! That is really awesome! Someday,I hope to do this with Quincy as well. I want to be able to take him to special needs kids in school etc.

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We practiced a lot! We also did five minute stays so they are used to just hanging out. Riki didn't pass when he was under a year...because he used to put his paws up when greeting although he passed everything else.

There are links on how to teach your dogs each of the steps so you can practice. If Riki growls ever, I make this big angh sound and he has learned that he must not. He knows I am the alpha dog, not him!

Linda
Would you share these links, please. Thanks

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there is even a book!

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN
by Jack & Wendy Volhard (See other books by author)


Publisher: Howell Book House
Edition: 1994 Paperback, 150 pages

ISBN: 0876054521
Item: DTB364
Ships the next business day.
Summary: Train your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. The exercises are good for general training. Includes detailed information on utilizing your dog's drive instincts.

Price: $14.95
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Train your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. The exercises are good for general training. Includes detailed information on utilizing your dog's drive instincts. If you follow the training program here, your dog will be ready to earn his CGC, and have a good start on novice obedience. Useful for 4-H programs, too.

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The What and Why of the CGC Program

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Citizen Test is a certification program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere. It identifies and rewards dogs that have the training and demeanor to be reliable family members as well as community members in good standing.

The purpose of the CGC Test is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs. The program embraces both purebred and mixed-breed dogs, as the anti-canine sentiment does not discriminate between the purebred and the non-purebred.

Canine Good Citizen training is fun and useful. Through it, you and your dog will establish a closer bond, and your dog will have the added benefit of knowing how to please you. This test of your dog’s manners and training is not a competition and does not require that you and your dog perform with precision.

The American Kennel Club urges all dog owners to participate in this program, thereby assuring that our beloved dogs will always be welcome and respected members of the community.

Note to Prospective Pet Partners: Many of the exercises in the CGC test are similar if not identical to those in the Pet Partners Evaluation. Therefore, prospective Pet Partners should seriously consider taking the CGC test in preparation for the Pet Partners Evaluation.

Creating a Canine Good Citizen

When man took the dog from the wild as his companion, he assumed responsibility for the dog’s care and upbringing. Over time, man taught dogs to obey household rules so they would be welcome family members. Today, dogs must also have good manners in public to live harmoniously within communities and survive the increasing challenges of anti-canine advocates.

Every dog should respond to at least four basic commands to function acceptably in public: “heel,” “sit,” “down,” and “stay.” Response to these commands gives dogs the social skills that defuse anti-canine feelings and foster good citizenship. However, your dog is not capable of training itself. It needs your help to become a Canine Good Citizen.

Training results in a controlled dog, one that does not bother the neighbors or their dogs and does not balk at grooming procedures or a veterinarian’s examination. Training stimulates your dog’s intelligence and gives its life meaning by letting it know how to please you and what you expect. In an emergency, training can save your dog’s life.
A trained dog has good manners, which reflect favorably on its owner, its breed and its species. The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program will help you and all dog owners everywhere achieve this goal. In addition, the AKC recognizes your accomplishment.

Dog Training are offered and taught by Mark Sumonka and Ken Bell. Their CGC Course prepares you and your dog for the Canine Good Citizen Test. These courses allow you and your dog to work with others who share your goal. Ken and Mark will sponsor the test upon completion of the course. The cost for the test is included in the class sign up. All dogs who who successfully complete the CGC test can receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club and are automatically recorded in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Archive.

To receive the CGC award, dogs must successfully complete the 10 item Canine Good Citizen Test. Items on the test include:

Test 1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger
Test 2. Sitting Politely for Petting
Test 3. Appearance and Grooming
Test 4. Out for a Walk (walk on a loose leash)
Test 5. Walking Through a Crowd
Test 6. Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place
Test 7. Coming When Called
Test 8. Reaction to Another Dog
Test 9. Reactions to Distractions
Test 10. Supervised Separation

To learn more about each of these tests, see CGC Test & Training.

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