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I have not read all the propaganda. One thing that makes me wonder though is working through a regular crowd, like, having the class meet at Geneva On The Lake and working through the crowd there.

So what happens when one of the dogs fails and scares or nips some crowd-member? Is the evaluator then liable to being sued?

Our advanced class did actually meet at an outdoor restaurant down there with our dogs. It wasn't my thing. I prefer to eat without having to be hyper-vigilent about my dog the entire time. But whatever.

Another $20 for the AKC, and another certificate or couple of letters after the dogs name.
 

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I agree with you Selzer. Seems alot of the tests are out in the actual public, in crowds. I wonder if the crowds are 'volunteers' like they have for the CGC.
 

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It seems to borrow pretty heavily from the APDT's Canine Life and Social Skills (CLASS) program, although that might be coincidental, since there's only so much you can do to test the same basic set of life skills.

If it encourages people to work with their dogs to accomplish these goals, and encourages instructors to offer classes for these things, great! Based on the frequency with which threads on the subject pop up, there's a huge need for instruction on how to encourage dogs to quit pulling on leash. And if it gives owners of "dangerous breeds" more ammo to convince their landlords and insurance companies that their dog is moderately well trained and does not, in fact, present a danger to the public, well, that's a good thing too.

It is, like the STAR Puppy program, not something that I'm ever likely to bother with myself, but I think it's a good thing for the general public that the option is out there.
 
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