I’m so thrilled to tell you all I passed my CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test on June 27th! I didn’t take a class or practice, Mom just said she thought I could pass and we should give it a try. Now I have my first AKC title to go with my name! If you are not familiar with CGC, it is for all dogs, not just AKC registered dogs. First your pet parent has to sign a pledge to be a good, responsible pet parent, and then you can take the ten part test. You have to do all ten items and pass each one on the first try to pass. The ten items are:
- Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
- Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
- Test 3: Appearance and grooming
- Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
- Test 5: Walking through a crowd
- Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
- Test 7: Coming when called
- Test 8: Reaction to another dog
- Test 9: Reaction to distraction
- Test 10: Supervised separation
Bailie took a CGC class which was a big help, but only passed nine out of ten tests. Poor Bailie is such a friendly girl, she just couldn’t walk through crowd without saying hello. She is working on this item and hopes to retake the test and pass later this summer.
Both Bailie and I had an ORT (Odor Recognition Test) for nose work on July 2nd. Bailie was trying a second time to pass Birch and I was trying for Anise. I’m howling proud to tell you it was awesome and we both passed our tests!
Now I have just one odor, Clove, left to pass, and Bailie has Anise, and Clove. We don’t know when they will have another ORT, it most likely won’t be for a while, but we intend to be there when they have one. The sticky notes are our times. There is a three minute time limit on the test. We take our time as all that counts is a pass.
As always, Mom was the weakest link in the testing. She was being overly cautious and made us go through all the boxes twice before she believed us, but in the end, as you can see, we were all quite happy!
You all know me, Emma the GBGV, owner of this blog, and all the social media accounts, etc. that go along with it. Well, these days it is pretty hard for one dog to get all the work done alone. I do have a team that helps me out with various tasks. I decided it was time for me to add a new page to my site called “Emma’s Team”. If you haven’t noticed it, you should stop by to meet the team and see what their various responsibilities are.
I want to thank my friends We Live In A Flat and Earl’s World for presenting me with the “Shine On” award. I have added it to my awards page. If you haven’t seen these blogs, stop by and give them a howl.
Earl’s World also featured me on his blog the other day! You can find the story here. Earl is a cute and funny little fellow in the UK, which as you know, is where I was born.
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