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Old 11-08-2012, 02:58 PM
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Joyce wrote: "Enjoy the journey, the destination is just a bonus. ♥ "

I so agree with this Joyce. Thank you for writing it. Mercy's Mom you want Mercy to be as solid as can be pretty much "bomb" proof when she passes her test. Think of this test as an opportunity to see where you both need to work so she is "bomb" proof. From the very beginning you have told us how important it is for you and Mercy to be therapy partners. I would look at this as a sign for you to take it slow and be very precise on learning the skills. You want both of you to have fun during the journey so Mercy doesn't burn out when she is capable of being an awesome therapy dog.
Don't be discouraged. I believe you two can do it.
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You and Mercy will be awesome and not problem passing.
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Sorry to herar that Mercy did not pass. Mia took her CGC test last night and did not pass either. We seem to have had the same problem. She lunges toward other dogs, she is very social. I think she was a little anxious and did not do well on walking and left turns.
Oh well, all we can do is try again. They said that I need to desensitize her. The only way I can about doing that is to spend more time in the pet stores and tell her to leave it. (I guess) Like you I think I will wait until after the holidays. Hopefully we will both do better next time.
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I failedmthe first time I tried the CGC. Every time the examiner would lift my dog's paw, she would put the lady's wrist in her mouth and flop over on her back. Same dog not only went on to later pass the CGC, she also earned her CD and CDX titles.
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No treats during testing.

I trained Buddy for his CGC and then TDI tests with no treats so that the actual test would be just like a normal training session to him. I very rarely gave him treats during training classes at all- A pet and good boy was his reward

If food is involved he gets way over stimulated and moves every quickly and becomes inpatient for his food which leads to barking with him.
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No treats during testing.

I trained Buddy for his CGC and then TDI tests with no treats so that the actual test would be just like a normal training session to him. I very rarely gave him treats during training classes at all- A pet and good boy was his reward

If food is involved he gets way over stimulated and moves every quickly and becomes inpatient for his food which leads to barking with him.
That definitely makes it more challenging! she does so well when I dangle a treat in front of her.....not so much without. I'm going to have to start weaning Bella off of her treats! I don't have to worry about this test for quite some time, though. Still have to finish our current beginner class, then intermediate and a 3 week class that prepares for the test. Next spring would be the earliest.




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