Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
If your dog has been well socialized and is reasonably well-behaved, the CGC is a piece of cake. I did it with my 7 month old pup, cold--no pre-training--and we passed fairly easily. Leaving the dog with a stranger is probably the most challenging part, but even then, the dog doesn't have to do a perfect sit-stay, they can move around or even whine a little as long as they aren't bouncing, lunging, barking, or carrying on. The dog-dog greeting can be a challenge if your dog is reactive or aggressive toward other dogs, but you can practice this with a training group or even on your daily walks if there are other dogs about.