Lucas and Emmett are currently training for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test. Tonight was week 3 of 7, and it’s been interesting… there’s an array of skill levels in the class, which actually serves as a good distraction for the boys. The test is similar to the test Emmett took for the Delta Society, but different in a lot of key areas. For example, with the Delta Society test, they look to the handler to assist their dog in being successful, but the CGC test seems to focus more on the dog’s ability to execute the steps alone.
Luckily week 7 is a practice test. We’re getting close, but – UGH! – my dogs will not sit politely to greet a stranger! Because we’re always taking them new places, arranging play dates, etc., they are used to just wagging and greeting anyone who approaches instead of holding a sit. But, at least we know what to work on!
Anyone been through this test or trained this particular behavior? They will walk in a heel up to the person, and they will sit, but the second the person reaches out to pat them, their little butts pop up, tails wagging, and they approach… Any ideas?? Tips??