|Canine Good Citizen|
General Information about the
handler should have a long line by class #2.
A long line of 20 feet can be purchased at most pet stores, or you
may construct one yourself by purchasing the required length of clothesline
rope and attaching a snap to the end of the rope.
AKC regulations : Equipment
The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test.
The owner/handler should bring the dog's brush or comb to the test.
Additional items for class
bowl, folding chair, if desired, treats, bait bag, fanny pack , or other
container that can be WORN on the handler to contain bait/treats/markers.
Use of food or toys :
Testing will be conducted without
the use of treats or markers, so we will be using a variable
reinforcement schedule to ensure your dog will perform the exercises
without the treat being given/present.
AKC regulations : Encouragement.
Owners/handlers may use praise and encouragement throughout the test. The
owner may pet the dog between exercises. Food and treats are not permitted
during testing, nor is the use of toys, squeaky toys, etc. to get the dog to
do something. We recognize that food and toys may provide valuable
reinforcement or encouragement during the training process but these items
should not be used during the test.
Urination and defecation during class :
Handlers should also bring clean up
equipment to class.
AKC Canine Good Citizen test may not be passed upon first try by dogs that
are overly reactive or aggressive. Growling,
snapping or hair raised on the back will cause your dog to be dismissed.
handlers can and should continue to work with the dog to retake the test at
a later date. Some dogs can make
amazing improvement if the handler is serious about training the reactivity
out of the dog.
AKC regulations: Failures
- Dismissals Any dog that eliminates during testing must be marked
failed. The only exception to this rule is that elimination is allowable in
test Item 10, but only when test Item 10 is held outdoors.