On June 23, 2015 three Michigan Dog Training (MDT) students and their dogs in Plymouth, Michigan passed the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation and thus earned their CGC Title.Â Additionally, Matthew Lamarand, a MDT Certified Dog Trainer earned the Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) title with his puppy, Falkor.
The CGC evaluates the dog team for responsible dog ownership and good manners.Â The manners includes such things as 1. Accepting a friendly stranger, 2. Sitting politely for petting, 3. Allowing the evaluator to inspect and groom the dog, 4. Walking on a loose leash, 5. Walking through a crowd of people without jumping on them, 6. Performing a sit and a down command as well as stay in place, 7. Coming when called, 8. Approaching and not reacting aggressively or excitably toward another dog team, 9. Reaction to distractions (not showing fear or aggression toward a runner, biker, items being dropped on the floor), and 10. Supervised separation from his/her owner. MDT offers the CGC testing as part of its dog obedience class entitled Intermediate Manners. It begins again on July 7, 2015.
The CGCA evaluates the dog team further by performing obedience exercises amongst distractions that would commonly be found in a public setting such as at a park.Â These exercises include: 1. Waits calmly under control while the owner is distracted by a task such as eating food, conversing with a person, filling out papers, 2. Does not pull while walking on a loose leash with pace changes, 3. Walks on a loose leash through a crowd such as a crowded hallway, in a park or on a trail, 4. Walks past distractions and does not pull such as when passing other dogs on a trail or sidewalk, 5. Sit-stay in a small group (three other people with dogs), 6. Dog allows a person who is carrying a package or backpack to approach and pet it, 7. Leaves food on the ground alone as he/she passes by it, 8. Down or sit-stay while owners goes to retrieve an object and returns to their dog, 9. Recall with distractions, and 10. Dog sits or stands while owner passes through a door way with a cup of water and does not pull the owner through the doorway. MDT offers the CGCA testing as part of its dog training class entitled Advanced Manners.Â It begins again on July 9, 2015.
Congratulations to the new title earners!
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
1. Laura D. Coulter and Simon, Border Collie mix of Livonia, Michigan
2. Rebecca Chiodo and Zuri, Cane Corso of Dearborn, Michigan
3. Kitty Coryell and Emme, Bichon/Poodle mix of Ypsilanti, Michigan
Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA)
1. Matthew Lamarand and Falkor, Dutch Shepherd of Westland, Michigan