Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday CGC Prep

I just got off the phone with the local evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen test. Amazingly, they do classes and testing both in Frederick and RIGHT next to where I work 30 minutes down the road. The evaluator was very helpful, and answered all of the questions I had.

As it turns out, Ferguson does not need to perform a "down" from a "sit", and I can break free, walk in a circle, and tell him to do one or the other. Hurray!

On Monday evenings, they hold class at the dog park near my work (of course, the one day a week when I don't work), and Ferguson and I have been invited to go for the last few minutes of class to get used to the environment where the test will be held. This is a very good suggestion, I think, and one we will take advantage of.

As of right now, my only real concern of what he can and cannot do is the supervised separation. He's not allowed to make any vocalizations in my absence at all. It concerns me probably because it is the hardest thing to practice, and isn't something we can really do here at home too much, with the exception of me tethering him to a tree and going out of site. Having a body stay with him makes all the difference for a dog like Ferguson, but is again difficult to practice. I think I will convince Eric to go with me to practice and will use him as a body first, someone he is familiar with, and see how he does. In the past, he would whine if I just left the it may be a little while before he masters this part of the test (and of course, it's the last part you do, naturally, just like the parallel parking on a driver's test). *sighs*

In any case, I feel really good about the rest of the test. We'll try a few rehearsals and see how it goes...


Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Maybe you could just practice out of sight down stays. I love the clicker for stays... I know the click is suppose to end the behavior, but when I am working on stays, I do not allow the click to be the end of stays... it just means I'll bring a treat. So its a great way to build distance, step out of sight, and increase endurance because you can click from far away and return with a treat and you can repeat that over and over... gradually increasing the time between clicks. Good luck!

Kini_pella said...

Thanks, Jen! That's a greyt suggestion! Because we had plans for this Monday, we still have at least two weeks of practice, so we can certainly build up time. With the click, do you click once you're out of sight and about to return?

*Image of me hiding behind bushes, clicking, and having Ferguson look every which way for his cookie*

In any case, we'll definitely try it!

Hiking Hounds said...

Good luck on the test!