Thursday, January 9, 2014

Our regular sunday, woodland hills, 7:15pm intermediate level course, with Katie Mcguire, has been postponed until 1/19!

The New advanced level class is described below and has also been postponed until the 19th at 6pm!  LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE

we start next sunday the 19th!
if you have completed intermediate level OBEDIENCE training, this class is for you.  only $120 for 6 weeks, this class will push you to the next level in your training!  the information below details the new akc canine good citizen test for community canine...we will be incorporating that into our advanced curriculum this session...this is sure to be a fun class!  we did a mock class last week that was a blast!

About AKC Community Caninesm
Advanced CGC; The "CGCA" Title

What is AKC Community Canine?
AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.
As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.
The Setting
All skills on the test are tested on leash. The AKC Community Canine (CGCA) test may be done in a class, at shows, in pet stores or in the community. When the test is administered in community settings such as at a business or special event, evaluators must have the necessary approval of the business owners, etc.
While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the "walks through a crowd" test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.
To earn the AKC Community Canine title, dogs must meet the following two requirements:
1. Must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award or title on record at AKC.
2. Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. The reason for the AKC number requirement is that this is how we create titles at AKC; we attach the titles to the dog's number. For more information on getting an AKC number, see:

Dogs who pass the AKC Community CanineSM test are eligible to earn the AKC’s “CGCA” title. To earn the CGCA title, the dog must 1) be registered or listed with AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners
number) and, 2) already have a Canine Good Citizen® award/title on record.
1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork, or, while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with someone (e.g., at a park).
2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring)-does not pull.  left and right turn stop fast and slow pace
3. Walks on a loose leash through a crowd. This item is tested in a real crowd, not in a ring.
4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
5. Sit-stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).  Owners and dogs are in an informal group while owners have a conversation.
6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (e.g., purse, computer case, backpack) to approach and pet it. “May I pet your dog?” (Item is put on floor/ground before person pets dog)
7. “Leave it.” Dog walks by food and follows owner  instructions, “Leave it.”
8. Down or sit stay (owner’s choice) at a distance.
9. Recall with distractions present (coming when called).  Handler goes out 20-ft. (off center) and calls dog. Dog comes past a distractor to return to handler.

10. Dog enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway  (on leash, with owner) in a controlled manner