Training service dogs to perform in high distraction areas proved very successful for four dogs who passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test with flying colors at the high distraction filled Novi Pet Expo on November 22, 2014. The test was administered by Michael Burkey, CEO of Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.
The CGC test measures a dog’s ability to demonstrate good manners and dog obedience. The ten step evaluation includes things such as walking on a loose leash, performing sit/down/come and stay, greeting other dog teams appropriately and more.Â It also recognizes the owner’s commitment to demonstrate responsible dog ownership and care.
Based on the amount of distractions in this public space (unfamiliar people and dogs walking close by as the test was conducted in an aisle way, test area next to a food court with people eating food in close proximity, crowds pooling around the testing area at the Michigan Dog Training exhibitor booth, PA system announcing dock diving events, etc.), all four dogs could’ve easily passed the Community Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) test.Â However, one has to pass the CGC before attempting the CGCA.
Congratulations to the following dog teams:
2. Shyann Hilla and her Service Dog in Training, SPELL, German Shepherd of Harrison, Michigan trained by Hilla Dog Training
3. Shyann Hilla and Service Dog in Training COOPER VON GRANVILLE of Harrison, Michigan trained by Hilla Dog Training
4. Sarah Schertel and Service Dog in Training VAUGHN of Grand Ledge, Michigan trained by Great Lakes Assistance Dogs