Join Date: Nov 2006
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Well I didn't do the class myself as I was familiar with it from Belle and Dora but I think that would be very helpful to know what to practice at home too. I had Dasher take the CGC as a puppy as that is more about obedience and control- he already had that certification. He had to retake those 10 steps again but then I knew from my previous testing that he had to be ready for loud noises, awkward petting, random equipment. One of the things they did that I didn't prepare for was surround the dog and grab his ears, tail, etc all at once. They do this as they said the children camps can be very overwhelming. They did tell some of the dogs who passed that they would probably not want to do that visit depending on how their dogs interacted. It can be very scary for a dog- this is where belle laid on her back and started barking! I didn't prepare her but a lot of it is how a dog naturally is as wel.
So a lot of it is just doing as much socialization as you can with various people and places. Some things we did at home- drop cookie sheet on the tile floor and say uh oh. It is fine if your dog looks or backs a little. Not making a big deal out of loud noises or tipped over items. Just think of things that honestly happen at nursing facilities- falling, walkers, etc. The home stores like lowes and home depot are great as there are carts, loud noises, etc. Some allow dogs, some don't. Going to crowded places- downtown areas or schools is great as well.