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Canine Good Citizenship
Week 6 (the last day of class) we will be offering the Canine Good Citizen Test. This is an AKC program designed to reward dogs and handlers that demonstrate good canine social behaviors. As you review the descriptions of the individual tests, think about which of the tests will present the most challenges for you and your dog. Plan to put extra work into those areas.
Corrections are not permitted during the tests. While working on the behaviors, we will try and minimize physical corrections and use other means such as controlling rewards, withholding rewards for undesired behavior and waiting for/rewarding correct behavior.
Food or toys are not permitted during the test either. Our goal is to make the handlerís praise very rewarding by consistently pairing it with food and then fading back the frequency of giving the food along with the praise (make it intermittent).
Maintaining the dogís attention vs. regaining it. Attention should be expected and rewarded from the time the dog leaves the car throughout the class. (See Below). We will ask the dog to sit, wait, and give eye contact at the entrance to the ring and before the dog is permitted to enter. Once the handler gets this focus from the dog, it is the handlerís job to maintain it.
Meet and greet the dogs. Advise the instructors if your dog has any sensitivity to body handling by you or anyone else. If so, let's discuss how to handle this. During the test the dog doesnít have to maintain a certain position, but must not show fear or "resentment" ("Resentment" is the AKC's ridiculously anthropomorphic description.).
Using Your Clicker
What is a clicker?
Why use one?
How does Clicker Training work?
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This cues the dog to make eye contact with you. You can probably picture many uses for this. You can:
To teach this:
Loose Leash Walking. Reward attention to the owner, walking without pulling, responding to commands from the handler: sit, hand targeting, eye contact. The dog pulls when not paying attention to the handler. So, one approach to teaching the dog to walk without pulling is to keep the dogís attention on the handler. The dog doesnít have to be giving eye direct contact or even looking directly at the handler in order to be paying attention. One way to maintain the dogís attention is to do the unexpected. During LLW, ask the dog to sit, to come, to target, and to give eye contact. Praise and treat correct responses. Turn, change direction, and change your pace. Cue the changes in direction with verbal cues, pats on the leg. You can eventually fade these out if you like, but these types of cues are permitted during the CGC test. So, if the handler chooses, she may continue to use them. Make LLW a fun exercise with lots of success and rewards.
Sit and Down. Practice stays, having your dog sit as someone walks by, then approaches more directly but turns away, then approaches and speaks to you but not your dog, then approaches and asks permission to touch the dog, then touches the dog. Also practice leaving your dog in a stay at home or during walks/outings with your dog. Practice so the dog will be successful, donít push ahead too far too fast.
If the dog canít sit when someone walks by, he certainly wonít be able to sit when someone walks directly up to him. So, start with walk-bys at a distance, and increase the difficulty as the dog shows success.
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