Canine Good Citizen Certification - Training Help & Advice?
Hello, me and my boyfriend are in a rush to get Bane certified for the canine good citizen. We might have to abruptly move in the next month or two and would like to have the certification to aid our process in finding a new apartment. (Many in the area ban the breed) We do have a back up apartment if we are still rejected after the fact, however the apartment that bans GSD would be much better for Bane to live in. (More space, walking areas, & not many floors VS small area and high rise apartment)
We looked in the area but all the group classes start too late for our timeline. While we are in the middle of contacting trainers for private lessons we are hoping we can just jump into training ourselves in the meantime. Bane has completed advance obedience class before, but would definitely need a touch up as we fell off on the training side for a bit.
Here are the major areas he needs work on: (copied and paste for AKC page)
TEST 2: SITTING POLITELY FOR PETTING
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler's side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.
-He does "sit" but his butt is half up not really down and shaking as he gets super excited. (not in a calm state)
TEST 5: WALKING THROUGH A CROWD
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.
-Bane loves people he will currently try to greet as many as possible.
TEST 8: REACTION TO ANOTHER DOG
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.
-Bane loves dogs and gets too excited when they see them. We usually distract him with treats and or run in the opposite direction during walks but this test we will have to really correct his behavior.
TEST 10: SUPERVISED SEPARATION
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's alright").
-Not sure yet how he would preform with this. He does whine when we leave but if he is with a new person he might not notice. Just in case any advice would be great
Sorry for the long post! We know he has to use a regular collar and no treats for the duration of the test - so extra advice on that too would be great as he we walk him with prongs for when we run into other dogs.
EDIT: He is 10months old and male.
Last edited by le.tetrish; 03-06-2017 at 09:12 AM.