Practicing 5 Key Canine Good Citizen Skills in Every Day Destinations

Practicing 5 Key Canine Good Citizen Skills in Every Day Destinations

If you're training your dog to be a therapy dog, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the number of skills you and your dog must master. 

Visiting a variety of places is important. Each destination holds new sniffs and distractions for your dog. If you want to gauge whether or not your dog will respond on cue, then exploring a variety of settings is a valuable use of your time.

This practice will also offer you different opportunities to work on distinct skills to help your dog become a certified therapy dog. 

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What I Learned from Failing Our Canine Good Citizen Test

What I Learned from Failing Our Canine Good Citizen Test

Knowing that I'm managing Doodle enthusiasm, I spent most of February and March focused on the Canine Good Citizen test tasks that I thought Bernie would have the most trouble with.

During the five weeks of preparatory classes, Bernie made huge strides. Unfortunately, we missed two items on the CGC test.

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Tackling Doodle Enthusiasm for Meeting People

Tackling Doodle Enthusiasm for Meeting People

Two of the most difficult tasks for our Canine Good Citizen test will be Accepting a Friendly Stranger and Sitting Politely for Petting. Bernie's enthusiasm for greeting everyone really has no limits.

Matthew and I have been practicing Accepting a Friendly Stranger and Sitting Politely for Petting almost every day with Bernie, so we knew he was ready for some real world meet and greets.

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