10 Tests for a CGC Certified Dog

corky at canal with ducks To overcome being a bored dog you might consider getting a Canine Good Citizen certificate by passing 10 tests for a CGC Certified dog.

This looks like lots of fun, and then when you pass you could visit retirement homes or maybe hospitals to cheer people up.

Dad is giving me a review to see if I’m ready, or need more training. View the checklist and see how well your dog would do to pass all 10.

Don’t worry if you fail any behaviors on the list. The training needed to be CGC certified should be fun for owner and their dog.

I’m anxious to know my score. Let’s go, Dad. Check ’em off and give me my score!

  1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger
  2. Appearance and Grooming
  3. Coming When Called
  4. Out for a Walk on a Loose Leash
  5. Reaction to Another Dog
  6. Reaction to Distractions
  7. Sit and Down plus Staying in Place
  8. Sitting Politely for Petting
  9. Supervised Separation
  10. Walking Through a Crowd

Here’s my test results. Okay, the test is not as easy as I thought. I fail, or partially fail, on items 5, 6, and sometimes 10 all for the same reason. Why? I love to talk, so I bark at lotsa people to say “hi”. If it is by surprise, some jump or scream and move away.

She the photo above? That’s me at the canal near home with ducks. I get within 1-2 feet of them and never bark, so they trust me. Guess I need to do that with people.

Dad has a new command he calls “Quiet” and it works half the time. He let’s me bark when people come on the property or hear noises outside. If it a repairman that has to come in the house, I’m slow to respond to “quiet”.

I have never and would never bite a person or other dog, but I need more work to become a Canine Good Citizen.

Some of my pals on Twitter already have their CGC. What about you?

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