Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Outer Banks, NC
I was asked to bring Dakota to act as a distraction dog during the CGC test today, and I happily obliged. After the testing was almost complete, the trainers asked if I wanted to test her. Nervously, I said yes. We haven't exactly trained for the CGC. My hopes were to pursue it this spring or fall. Dakota is 7 years old, and I have worked VERY hard with her, but I've done all the training myself. Most of it has been awesome...some of it, well, probably could have been done differently to help bring out better focus. At any rate though, she is the most amazing dog ever, but I was concerned about her willingness to perform without some sort of enticement (ie, treats). She has never been that food motivated to begin with (and definitely not play motivated), but it has always helped for me to have treats on me, in case she DID choose to respond.
SO anyway, the treats were put up and the test began. I knew she would be rock solid in the sit/down/stays/greets/grooming/distracting noise, etc. My concern was with the loose leash walking and the recall. Not because she won't walk on a loose leash or come when I call, but because I had nothing to entice her with. No stick. No treat. No Kaiser (lol). And she is a very distractable dog in those cases...so that means interesting smells take precedence over me. Well...she passed. Not one hiccup! Granted, she did move a little slower and with less sassiness then she would have if I had a treat for her, but, she passed. I'm so proud of her! Onward toward therapy training!
Kaiser ~ Jan 25, 2012 (GSD)
Dakota ~ Oct 2005 (GSD/Collie)
Kya ~ (Cat)
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