There's a similar thread on this, but I didn't want to hijack.
I know many of you are so far past a simple CGC, but I must admit, this is a kinda big deal to me. If anyone recalls my early posts with this dog, you might understand why I feel that way. (I was told early on he was probably a big ole nervebag and such)
and well, there was some truth to that.
. We've been workin' though.
I've read the AKC page on the testing, so I'm familiar with that.
I think he will have trouble with:
--Being touched. He will not bark, growl, etc at all, but he may sort of "draw back" from them. He's not fond of a random person coming up to pet his head. He did ok with it with the trainers, but he wasn't thrilled for sure. (It didn't help that the first time they tried this, the trainer accidentally stepped hard on his foot, but still.) If he shows some hesitation or shyness or perhaps moves slightly away, is that failure? On that same note, it says they will lift each paw. I don't think he'll care a lot, but may again, try to get away from them.
--Distraction. It is said they may drop various items and it is most likely items he's never seen. He will be startled, I believe. I doubt he will bark, but if he did, is that failure?
Is the handler allowed to use hand signals? I can't find that mentioned in the AKC page. This will likely be harder on me than him, as it is a little more automatic to me than it probably should be.
For those that administer these tests, I'd love to know what is the most common thing for failure of a test? Is it one thing, or a combination of failures? It sounds as though there is a lot of objectivity in this test, but I don't know how there wouldn't be. Rules don't appear to be super black and white. As an administrator, that must be tough at times.