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Alaska - I am sure that most people in those tests also know how to approach a dog and they are dog lovers. The dog can sense that. I know mine does. She barked at one person only and I know she found him threatening to me.
She was in my office where I have many people come in from different backgrounds.
I wouldn't worry too much about this test. He may have picked up vibes from you (ie - you were nervous). Hunter was just trying to show you - look mom - this guy is OK - no need to worry.


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In our class there were three reactive dogs that didn't even take the test. They may have done it at a different time, but the owners knew the dogs just weren't ready after only 7 weeks. When we practiced the friendly stranger coming up to pet the dog, one of the dogs went after the instructor. The other two couldn't handle being in the vicinity of other dogs without reacting aggressively.

The other three dogs in the class, including mine, all passed pretty easily.

I was very surprised when Ben passed, because he had gone nuts when walking at the park the day before and jumped at a passing hiker. I also thought the dogs greeting each other would be a problem, but it was a dog he knew well, so he was fine with passing her in class. What almost got us was the healing. We turned a corner and there was a mirror straight ahead that he wasn't expecting, he lunged forward to check out the dog in the mirror. The instructor let us do that part of the test a second time and since he knew the mirror was there, he did fine.
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What worked? Did you do specific training, or did he get used to people? Casper's people-love is what will be his downfall. Though it's hard to see loving people as a downfall.
I try and tell people what to do by talking to Cody. Ex: "She won't pet you unless you sit." Rather than "He has to sit before you can pet him" which sounds more like I'm giving the person an order. That helps prevent some excitement because I have a little more time as the person approaches.

But if the person goes into a high squeaky voice and/or fusses too much with their hands then I have to say he gets too excited - meaning please tone your voice and hands down. Most people get it. If all else falls, I draw Cody in close to my left knee, switch the leash to my right hand and place my left hand on his head then he will stand there nice.
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We would go to Petsmart and Petco - they are all pet lovers.
As people would approach, I would tell Banker to remember he is in training to learn to be a good dog, to sit for attention. People repond really well. The employees were helpful too - they send others over to meet him and tell them to wait for him to sit.
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I almost forgot that Flip got his CGC over the weekend! I was a very bad student, I did not prepare at all for it, but Flip's had enough training that he passed everything with no problem. I left him on a sit stay for the separation, I thought he would be better that way than just left hanging out.

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When I did it with my lab, there is an obedience club here that has a "dog about town" class that graduates with the CGC test.
The class itself is awesome, it's a intermediate level obedience class that is 7 weeks long and each class is held in a different public place. Most of the classes are in outdoor parks such as baseball/soccer fields with games going on or a park with a duck pond (that dogs can NOT go swimming in, that was tough!), so real life scenarios. The test itself was at a park that we hadn't been to yet.

It seems like they only do this class about one every other year, I'll need to keep an eye open for it for Kenzie

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I almost forgot that Flip got his CGC over the weekend! I was a very bad student, I did not prepare at all for it, but Flip's had enough training that he passed everything with no problem. I left him on a sit stay for the separation, I thought he would be better that way than just left hanging out.
Congrats! Must say I'm not surprised that Utility Dog Flip with OTCH pts. was able to pass. I'm guessing the loose leash walking, sit and down on command, and coming when called weren't that tough for him.


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Congrats! Must say I'm not surprised that Utility Dog Flip with OTCH pts. was able to pass. I'm guessing the loose leash walking, sit and down on command, and coming when called weren't that tough for him.
I asked my friends, if my utility dog doesn't pass the CGC, is that reason to laugh or cry? LOL

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Bridget took her CGC test this evening and, unfortunately flunked on 3 issues.
Walking among others, reaction to another dog, and walking with change in direction................all of which she does well, until tonight....lol

If they would have had the test last week, she would have aced it, this week, she was all revved up and raring to go.

Miss Congeniality....that's Bridgie.

For some reason this week, she was terribly over excited from the moment we stepped in the door...........maybe picked up vibrations from the humans....lol

If at first you don't succeed.....
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