Ellie and Chase pass the CGC Foundations exam!

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ellie and Chase doing their exam;
NZ Kennel Club Assessors looking on
Today was a big day:  Ellie and Chase have passed their Canine Good Citizen Foundations Assesment! They  have been training for this in our dog club for a while now.
We all watched their exam today (in scorching heat!:) and we are so thrilled that they passed!

We are all SO proud of these two clever girls! They have achieved an amazing thing, and they are both so young , Ellie being only 10, and Chase only 2 :)

Congratulations Ellie and Chase - YOU ROCK! Check out the gorgeous pictures that Ellie's Mum Sonja took today (you can click on pictures to enlarge them):

OK Chase, lets do it...

Two clever blonde girls :)

Ellie and Chase with NZKC Assessor

Exam in progress (the first part of exam takes 20-25 minutes)

Wait there Chase...

Ok... :)

Recall after 'wait'...

Perfect lead manners...

Tied supervised separation test

Tied supervised separation test:
'Just wait there quietly Chase; I'll be back in several minutes...'

Good doggies... (one is clearly prettier than the others :)))

Back home after the exam: Two tired girls after their big day!!
A bit of a background of 'Canine Good Citizen' exam:

Since the 1950s, Dog Obedience Clubs have been at the forefront of dog training throughout the country. Clubs provide basic Domestic Dog training classes for responsible dog owners. They teach the owner how to train the dog while showing people how to ensure their dog becomes a great lifetime companion.
'Canine Good Citizen' goes a step further. Dogs are trained and then tested in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere. Dogs and their owners are identified and rewarded for the training and demeanour to be reliable family members. Canine Good Citizen ensures that dog can be a respected member of the community because the dog is trained to be well mannered at home, in public, and around other dogs.
Testing requires an assessment by a recognised New Zealand Kennel Club Assessor.
Some examples of basic aspects tested (as part of Canine Good Citizens assesment) include:
*Appearance and grooming (dog should welcome being groomed and examined by an appointed person)

*Food manners (food being consumed by strangers in front of the dog, who should not react; also handler has to demonstrate the 'wait' comment when giving food

*Accepting friendly strangers (dog has to be patted by a stranger -head and body -WITHOUT breaking the positon selected by the trainer( sit, stand or down)

* Walking in a controlled manner with distractions and through people (to heel, on lead, including the HALT command)

*Remaining calm while tied up (Tied supervised separation; dog tied up in a selected position (sit, down , to be left for 5 minutes while the handler converses with a group of people at least 20 paces away; upon handler's return, dog should not jump or be over-enthusiastic with greeting)

* Control around other dogs

*Recall to handler

*Supervised separation (handler leaving the dog with a stranger in a selected position and going out of sight for 2 minutes)

NZ Kennel Club officials were very impressed with Ellie and Chase, and their performance at the test :)
This is just wonderful for GAP and greyhounds in general, and we hope it will dispell the myth that greyhounds can't be trained in obedience etc.
We strongly suggest to greyhound owners to enroll their dog in CGC course in their local dog club.To find out which clubs offer the course, as well as to find out more details, please go to NZ Kennel Club website:
NZ Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen webpage (click here to open in a new window)