My dog and I passed the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test!!!
. I'm so proud of him!!!
It's nice to feel like we made so much progress over the years when I remember all our adventures and frustration in the beginning. It was literally done in the shelter that I got him from which he remembers and whenever I've brought him there he's always been a bit freaked out. So I didn't think he'd get through the staying alone with a stranger part with his separation anxiety, especially being where he was abandoned before (although he was transferred there from a different shelter). He did whine but made it.
And of course when we were waiting to start, we had to be next to the room with three huge white bunnies hopping freely around everywhere. I couldn't hide them from him no matter what I did.
The one thing that sets his mind into take off runaway completely ignore everything and hyper obsess fixate mode and ignore everything else is one bunny. Three huge bunnies had him not even knowing his name.
Not the mindset I wanted him going in to start the test with lol. Even after spending over two hours in the dog park and field to make sure he was tired and a long time in the busy lobby and other public places practicing that day, he got a second wind for the bunnies.
But still pulled it together when I asked him to.
I've only done horse shows before so it was a new challenge. Fun but exhausting in a way I didn't anticipate. Horse shows i used to get tired from the exercise of riding.
I took him to meet and play with one of his best buddies that he hasn't seen in a while right after the test as a reward. They played a little while then he passed out lol. So did I when we got home.