This is my “Hundred and One-th” post. I find that incredibly amusing. When I started this blog 7 months ago, I had no idea what I was going to write about. Now you can’t shut me up. Who Knew?
Anyway… on with today’s rant.
Canine Good Citizen
In a few different “I accept this award” Q and A sessions over the past month or so, I mentioned I had a Poodle, and that she was training for the AKC CGC test. A few of you have asked how my little mischievous puppy was doing. Well…
Today, after six weeks of training and practice sessions, Chloe passed her Canine Good Citizen test (Just barely… she refused to lay down for some reason, but the trainer finally got her to do it–It still counts, though!)
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this huge honor… The Canine Good Citizen is an award given to a dog by the American Kennel Club. Now, not just any dog can get this. You actually have to be tested for it by a representative from the AKC. You have to meet their very stringent criteria. It is the behavioral training “Bar Exam” for the canine community.
For weeks, we’ve been learning to walk correctly, how to meet a stranger properly, how to react to metal pans being flung against the floor, how to stay and come when called, and how to react with people and other animals, and how to act while left in a room without your owner for an extended period… tons of things. Ten tests in all. It’s an awful lot for a puppy that is not even a year old yet. She even reacted well when the “test” dog snarled at her. Yay!
We are very proud of our little girl.
Why do this? Well, for one thing, I… um, Chloe is very competitive, and her litter mate, Kairos just won a ribbon for “Best Gun Dog” in a show, so we had to beat him at something. (Yay, Chloe!)
Waypoint's Kairos: Pretty Boy with a ribbon
Waypoint's Chloe: Pretty Girl & Canine Good Citizen, in her ribbons
After the test, we celebrated with a romp around Pet Smart shopping for a new toy. We walked in, I unhooked her from her leash, and she had a great time shopping. She stayed right by my side. Sans leash. And everyone stopped to congratulate her when they heard the news.
Good Girl, Chloe. Good Girl.