This week Madison learned that studying hard and doing her homework really pays off! The book she was using to study is an old family book handed down from past family dogs, kind of a bible of training for good and bad dogs. Thankfully, Madison studied the good dog section! On Monday Madison turned eight months old. Tuesday she showed the best Madison to the world!
Last Tuesday was the end of Madison’s first set of nose work classes. She will be posting more about that next week, but in the next session, she will start searching for odor and she can’t wait!
After nose work class, she had a quick dinner and then went to the last session of Obedience 1 at SPDTC. Madison has been doing well in class and has practiced a lot with Mom at home. Her Puppy Einstein class in the fall was a good foundation. For the final class, they played some games and held some competitions. Little Madison is so proud to announce that she had the best stay out of fourteen dogs! The trainer danced around her, tossed toys, rolled balls, squeaked squeakers, tossed a treat, and even waved a treat in front of Madison’s nose. It was tough, but she stayed down! Mom was thrilled, I said, “What is wrong with that girl?” Next week she will start her ten weeks of Obedience 2.
If that wasn’t enough for a young pup, Mom signed Madison up for her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test right after her obedience graduation. I passed my test on the first try, but I was seven years old. Bailie was too friendly on her first try, but she did pass the second time when she was thirteen months old. Mom knows Madison has social tendencies like Bailie, and not jumping on people could be the deal breaker.
To pass, a dog has to complete ten items by a certified CGC test person.
- Accepting a friendly stranger
- Sitting politely for petting
- Appearance and grooming
- Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
- Walking through a crowd
- Sit and down on command and Staying in place
- Coming when called
- Reaction to another dog
- Reaction to distraction
- Supervised separation
The dog parent also has to read and agree to sign a pledge to care for their dog.
Madison did a real good job. Not giving the judge a kiss was the hardest part and she almost failed the test trying, but Mom caught her in time! The only issue was coming when called. She decided to hold her wait, but after Mom danced around like a fool, Madison finally got up and went over to Mom. Both of them were super happy to have passed! The CGC is an AKC title, so Madison is now Ethos Intel Inside CGC. I wonder what title she will try for next?