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Old 01-03-2013, 10:48 PM
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Well I am going to hopefully within the next couple of weeks get Guinness and I signed up for the obedience pretty much so I can actually work on myself. I think that's the best decision because Guinness is a great listener and willing to please but I think I tend to confuse her sometimes when we train. I definitely enjoy the idea of her becoming a cgc and think its a great idea for dogs and their owners so hopefully these classes will get Guinness and I working on the same page so we can work towards her getting her certificate in therapy. Thank you all so much!
Good for you!! I think that's great. I definitely learned that it wasn't about my dog nearly as much as it was about me, lol. The insight I got from all those Ob classes was priceless! Please do update!

I know everyone's CGC experience is different, and ours was pretty wild. 30+ dogs all there for CGC and/or TDI testing. It was just.. nuts. I about pee'd myself when we walked in and saw... allll... those... dogs. I thought, Dear Lord, how are we going to get thru all this with all this distraction and NO treats? Agh! Then test #1 was lining all those dogs up at the fence and a kid running willy nilly banging a pan and screeching like a banshee? I was like, Oh Crap. My dog dealt with it better than I did, he just stared at the kid, like, huh? I was *floored* when not a single dog broke their sit over that.

Anyway, the CGC is cool, but the stuff you learn in Ob? Priceless.
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For Weezie there were about 23-25 ppl with their dogs and 2 evaluators. During the distractions portion they had 2 owners toss a rope toy back and forth in front of the group of dogs doing their sit/stay. I was so glad it wasn't a ball because Weezie is a tennis ball nut. She kind of watched and was like yeah whatever. She didn't mind the evaluator handling her but a few dogs that flinched or pulled away the evaluator I had didn't pass their dog. The other evaluator had a whole 're-do' section that she allowed owners a second chance.
The evaluator was impressed that Weezie had never had any formal obedience classes but when I told her that she would go to my classroom and was exposed to crazy kids or I would take her to softball practice she said that was probably better for her than any class.
I don't think Luna could handle the being touched by a stranger unless she was introduced first. She is so quirky about that part. I did have her in a distractions class and it involved going into public areas and doing 20 minute sit/stays or down/stays. The class was held in a town outdoor square where there was tons of tourist, concerts, kids, etc going on around the dogs. They would just sit and watch and tourists were allowed to approach and touch with permission. I remember one older gentleman spent the whole 20 minutes petting all the dogs until his wife pulled him away. He told us he missed his dog while they were vacationing. We took them into a bar once. That was hilarious, over a dozen dogs laying on the floor in a bar. The other common spot was the area outside a bar-b-que restaurant. Talk about being tempted.
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.... The other evaluator had a whole 're-do' section that she allowed owners a second chance.
Yup, that's where we had trouble and had to re-test only that part. The evaulator came right over on first try and did the one thing Bailey is just not fond of -- a reach over the top of the head to pet. He backed up. We retested later and that time, the person reached under his chin and he was okay with that. Funny, I was worried about other parts of the test a little bit, but what worried me wasn't what ended up being the problem, lol.

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We took them into a bar once. That was hilarious, over a dozen dogs laying on the floor in a bar. The other common spot was the area outside a bar-b-que restaurant. Talk about being tempted.
The humans or the dogs, lol!??
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Both!!! I often left my dog laying and went in to place an order to go. My stomach growled the hour ride home but it was still delicious when we did get home!
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