The CGC test is very worth doing, even though we train and condition for it. I mean, a true temperament test should be done without any training. But people know what is in the TT, and they will open umbrellas around the dog, make sure they hear loud noises as pups like gun shots, will make sure they walk on a variety of surfaces, subject them to strange people.
So, while it may say something about the dog, it might also say more about the owners and their socialization program. I am not knocking it. Just, you should be able to take an unprepared dog through that test and have him pass it.
With the CGC, you train the different tests. You know what is coming, and some people do have to work very hard to get the dog used to each of the exercises enough to pass the test. Does it mean the dog is breedworthy? No. Does it mean the dog will not bite a toddler that comes running out of the blue and thrusts its arms around the dog's neck with a delighted squeal? Sadly, no. Does it give you information about your dog, and your dog valuable information about the world that between the two will probably prevent the reaction described, and will most likely make living with your dog, easier. Yes. And will it give you the bug to keep on keeping on with your dog, trying other venues, doing other stuff? Hopefully. Probably. It is worthwhile.
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