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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Our Next Future AKC Canine Good Citizen

Roxie, the Boston Terrier, aka Boston Bull, from puppy training class, decided to become a canine good citizen, and I'm going to be auditing her class while bringing you new ideas and canine good citizen and general dog obedience training tips. Roxie is still a puppy and she's part brindle. Her markings are extraordinary in the sense that she looks like she's dark chocolate with white, but a slightly closer look proves she has a lot of brindle in her. A brindle boston terrier! So unique!

This is Roxie, our next AKC Canine Good Citizen
This is her second class and she's still getting used to the "no dog treats" concept

***AKC Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Tips: No dog treats are allowed during the actual CGC test. If you're training your dog using dog treats, it's a good idea to start to wean him/her before your first AKC CGC class. You can start alternating dog treats and praise or favorite toys or a low grade" treat, such as kibble. This way your dog will not be shocked like Roxie or our chiweenie

Step 1: 
Accepting a Friendly Stranger
Roxie did great with that one in the beginning of class, but then, a little girl showed up at the end and wanted to pet her. Roxie's owner, she's truly on top of her training, made Roxie go through the proper steps.

She let Roxie say a gentle hello from the standing position

Step 2:
Sitting Politely for Petting

The owner asked Roxie to go "down" to demonstrate her self restraint

Roxie was perfect, considering this she is so new at this, and only once did she try to jump on the girl's arms. Roxie's mom corrected her instantly, as one does for proper training, but the girl's mom had a panic attack and yanked her child away ... (no comment)

***AKC Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Tips: Instant corrections and rewards are the key to all animal training. Dogs do not remember what they were doing a few minutes ago. They live in the NOW and should be handled accordingly.

Step 3:
Appearance and Grooming
During this part of the test, your dog must demonstrate that he can be easily examined and groomed. The evaluator will brush him and perform a quick exam of the ears, teeth, paws, tail... and your dog must remain calm, but is allowed to move around. 

Roxie is being perfect again.
She lets the trainer (on the right) check her out and brush her.

She's looking at her mom for "help" but she's being good for the trainer
This is what the evaluator wants to see

More AKC canine good citizen test items and tips, dog obedience training, and puppy training tips in the weeks to follow. Stay tuned.



Remington said...

Very interesting! She is a good little girl. I look forward to learning more in the weeks to come. Thank you.

Two French Bulldogs said...

We'll try the training on mom.
Benny & Lily

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

What a good girl she's going to grow up to be with that training. Plus she is soooo cute. Those eyes!

wags, Lola

brooke said...

Little girl's mom... OI.
Great tips! Cant wait to see more!

Dexter said...

That is not an easy test so it is something to be proud of to pass. Well done.


Sagira said...

We actually saw a Boston with 2 blue eyes at Dog Fest a few weekends ago. That was a new one for me. But your friend sure is cute. :)

the teacher's pets said...

That can be a hard test to pass!
Awesome Tips!

Stella said...

Hey Twinkums: Perhaps some brindle mixed with B&W is a little unusual, but you know that Brindle is most common with Boston Terriers, don't you? My Grandpa gave me a little brindle bull for my first birthday, his name was Stubby and he was my best pal for 10 years.

Roxie is gorgeous!


Jo, Stella and Zkhat!

the booker man said...

miss roxie is totally presh! :) it sounds like she is doing a really really good job for just starting out! i still have a smidge of trouble with the greeting new people part. i get WAY too excited and forget not to jump. sigh. that little girl's mama prolly would have called the cops on me. *giggle*
the booker man

Amy & the house of cats said...

Wow Twinkie thanks for all the info! We have heard about the Canine Good Citizen training before but as cats knew nothing about it! We know our mom wants to get a dog one day and we know she will think this is a very good idea for the doggie she brings home!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Roxie seems to have done very well. And on top of that, her coat is really beautiful - never seen a boston with brindle before.

Good luck to her with her test.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Yas said...

Roxie is a beaut!
Luck with the test!!


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

It is a very much hard course. That little one is off to a grrrreat start!!!

Lorenza said...

Roxie is adorable!
I am sure she is going to do it grrreat!
Kisses and hugs

tula monstah said...

Most impressive Roxie. I myself, will probably never take this test but my goofball cuzin, Norwood has (didn't pass).. he'll be taking it again & could use these tips!


The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Thanks for the pawesome info Twink!!

Smileys and Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

Kitty+Coco said...

Roxie is very pretty and well behaved (unlike me, I am a rebel)! I have found that people don't really know about Bostons like they do pugs. I am a Boston also and have the brindles. Mom says it is my "highlights" because they really pop when I have been out in the sun.

Anonymous said...

Oh, she is MOST adorable! I luvs her brindley furs (of course). I can't waits to learn more about what goes into the CGC test. Oh, and why would that momma pull her daughter away from that cute little thing? Sometimes humans are wierd creatures.

Wiggles & Wags,

Martine said...

OMD! Roxie is such a cutie pie!!!

WE know she will make a great CGC!!!

D. Og said...

He wants nothing more than to please his owner and, if allowed, will happily be a lap dog. Of course since males weigh 95 to 135 lbs and measure 24 inches to 27 inches and females weigh 80 to 100 lbs and measure from 22 inches to 25 inches, you might not be as enthusiastic about them being a lap dog as they are!

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