If you would have asked me a year ago, I would have told you that Athena was far from ever passing the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. She was simply naughty with a capital N. But, within the last year we've trained and trained and trained some more. Athena's training has included Basic Obedience, Beginning Canine Life and Social Skills, Intro to Flyball I & II, Canine Good Citizen Prep, and she's currently enrolled in a K9 Conditioning class. Not to mention the countless hours of at-home training, out-and-about training, and additional flyball training that have all helped Athena to gain confidence which is something that she didn't walk out of the shelter with one year ago.
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On Saturday afternoon, Athena showed off her mad skills to the CGC test evaluator and passed her Canine Good Citizen test! Almost all parts of the test went off without a hitch (check out the elements of the CGC test here if you're unfamiliar). The one part that I was most nervous about was the part that we had an initial fumble on. Athena was a bit too excited during the "reaction to another dog" segment. She tried to pull towards the dog to get a sniff and struggled to keep her attention on me (really though, I had no treats so I couldn't really compete with the other dog!). She was able to retest this section of the test at the end and was luckily much more calm and collected. I couldn't be more proud of my girl for passing her CGC!
Congrats, Bean! You are my rockstar! Now we need to think about our next training goals...any suggestions?!