Monday, August 12, 2013

Who's a Canine Good Citizen?

Athena is!


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.

Photo via Personal Beast

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?!

29 comments:

  1. WOO! Go Bean! So proud of you guys (all 3 of ya!) and all the hard work you've put in this year. We can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  2. WOO HOO! Go Thean Bean! I knew she would pass with flying colors! Next up, therapy dog classes? She has some mad snuggle skills!

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  3. Awesome job! I mean, we all knew Athena was a good citizen already, but now she has the letters and certificate to prove it.

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  4. Way to go Athena! Nola knows first hand how hard the test was, so she sends a virtual high five for such a great job!

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  5. Congrats to both of you! That is a lot of work you both put in. I was thinking therapy dog class too. Go, Bean, Go!

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  6. Congratulations! You both rock! :)

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  7. Congratulations to all three of you! Such a proud moment for your family. :)

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  8. Yay! Congrats, Athena! Way to go to you both!

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  9. Congratulations! How is Athena with children? There's an animal-assisted therapy program that uses clicker training to teach kids positive communication skills in Portland.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/pets/index.ssf/2013/08/pet_talk_nonprofit_organizatio.html

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  10. Aw congratulations Athena! She looks so proud in the 2nd photo :)

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  11. Congratulations!! As for next goals... Would you/Athena have any interest in therapy dog training? The test is quite similar to the CGC, and it's a super fun, rewarding activity.

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  12. Yay!! Congratulations Athena!! That no treats business is tough, huh?

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  13. Congratulations to both of you!

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  14. Congratulations! I just found your blog through Love and a Six-Foot Leash, and I'll definitely be back. We're not quite at two months with our first dog (a rescue), and I already have ambitions of CGC. I'm so encouraged to hear you did it in her first year.

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