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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Prepping for Canine Good Citizen at La Encantada

Prepping for Canine Good Citizen at La Encantada

Over the weekend, Bernie and I decided we needed to get serious with our prep work for our Canine Good Citizen Class. The CGC test is a mere five weeks away, so we decided to see how many skills we could pack into a Friday afternoon visit.

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Practicing Loose-Leash Walking and Other Skills in Home Depot

Practicing Loose-Leash Walking and Other Skills in Home Depot

One of my training goals this fall is to visit different places with each dog separately. Give them each some special time with me and work on their socialization, basic commands, and loose-leash walking.

Sunday morning Bernie and I ventured over to the Home Depot. At first he was super distracted by the smells.

He wanted to sniff every cabinet and all of the lumber. I should have known. We joke about Bernie being a Sierra Club Member with all the sniffing and twig chewing he does. Even when I put him in his first sit-stay for some practice, he was not focused on me at all. He kept looking around and sniffing the air.

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