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Bentley CGC now or later?

Bentley will complete his 2nd training program Wednesday. He's 5 months with 12 weeks of classes behind him. I want to continue classes because we both enjoy them. He does well in class but he has a short attention span so the last 15 minutes of class are pretty much goofing off.
Is it too soon to start CGC classes? I was thinking agility classes but that's not really realistic right now. Or maybe Rally? What order would be better for a young pup? Thanks
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Bella has done Puppy Kindergarten and Beginning Obedience. We start Intermediate Obedience next week.

Do you have to take a class to take the CGC test? My training facility has a class, but I'd rather just bring Bella somewhere to take the test.

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They offer a class where we train for CGC, I'm just not sure if he had the attention span at this age for that yet.
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Depends on the dog. Molly was 9 months when she took the class, 10 months when she passed the test. She was the youngest pup. We could've done it sooner, but I wasn't in a rush.. I wanted to be SURE we could pass at the end of the class. She is an over excited greeter.

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Maybe we'll take intermediate obedience and see how he is after that.
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I would contintue to work on his obedience. BaWaaJige was exactly 1yr old when we took the test started classes at 10.5mos. I had doen a lot of obedience work with him since he was 9wks old if I hadnt I dont think we would have done well.
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Forgot to mention when Molly passed she was already in competitive obedience training. Before that she had taken 5 obedience classes. So yes.. More classes will definitely help. CGC can wait. There's no rush.


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Loki started doing the CGC Foundation class a month ago, just before he turned four months old. The other dogs in the class with him were four month old Akita brother & sister. I didn't do the puppy class with Loki, as I had been doing clicker training with him since 8 weeks old, & he could do all the basic commands they were teaching. CGC Foundation has certainly been quite challenging. I am not sure what age they start Obedience here, but if he can start early next year, I will probably do that instead of the CGC Bronze, as I think it will be more structured., & I can do the Bronze after Obedience. So yes, I think Obedience would be the way to go for young Bentley.

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I agree. I took three obedience and two agility classes with Tess before we tested for CGC. We never took a class for that, I just went up and took the test. She was one year old then and passed straight away. I am sure we could have done it sooner, but I wanted to go straight on for Delta Therapy classes and they need to be over one to take that test. The advantage with waiting a little longer is that you are more or less past the dreaded teenage months, and following Bentley's eventful life, you might want to see what happens then...
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I'd say to ask your instructor. CGC classes often offer controlled distractions and other exercises that imitate real-world situations, and those are an incredible opportunity for teaching a young pup to give you his attention and obedience in varied situations.

Your intermediate obedience class might offer the same kinds of opportunities, though, depending on how your center runs it. I'd ask your instructor which environment is ideal for your particular situation and needs.
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