Saturday, June 14, 2008

Canine Good Neighbor

Nothing for Teller in the breed ring today - that's OK - it's really just fun to be up there now and he showing BEAUTIFULLY - just BEAUTIFULLY! I couldn't be more pleased with him.

After he finished in the breed ring we rushed over to the Canine Good Neighbor ring to take the test - it's similar to the AKC CGC program, but there are 12 exercises:
  • Greeting a stranger
  • Petting by a stranger
  • Grooming by the evaluator
  • Greeting a person with another dog
  • Reaction to distractions
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Heel pattern
  • Sitting (waiting) and allowing handler to go through a gate/door
  • Sit, down, wait
  • Recall
  • Praise and settle
  • Supervised Separation

    It's interesting - there are two items on the CGN that aren't on the CGC namely the gate/doorway exercise and praise and settle - the latter is really interesting - you have to praise and play with your dog - get them really "up" (for Teller that was some wrestling, "got your butt" and hand-touches) and then you ask them to settle and they have to come down and relax. So I decided to work the "settle" into the game and did a "bang your dead" drop and it paid off beautifully...So Teller is now Can CH SunKissed Light and Magic CGC CGN After we did the test Teller acted as "distraction" dog for a couple other dogs and was COOKED. He did do several out of sight sit and down stays - I know I say it a lot but MAN, this dog is soooo cool. It's shocking to me that he did all of this without any cookies and not only kept working but got better and better as he went on.

    It was 85 degrees and wicked humid up there today - It was pretty miserable out there - my brain is fried. I'm going to watch the rest of the "Vicar of Dibley" and then toddle off to bed! Have to get up at 5am tomorrow morning!
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