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Thursday, July 22, 2010

AKC Canine Good Citizen Atrocities

Monday was Roxie's (the brindle boston terrier's) dress rehearsal, the last class before the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Last week, M forgot to show up for the class, meaning, there was no chiweenie to practice step #8, Reaction to Another Dog, and there was no post about Roxie's improvement either. Let me tell you, if that dog does not pass the CGC next week, I'll eat catnip! Roxie, as hyper and unruly as she started out, is now unofficially a canine great citizen. This intro serves as a warning, so you don't get shocked by the outtakes and the chiweenie's take on Roxie's last class.

Class started out the usual way.
"You want me to do what? And for no treats?"
I just love opinionated terriers!

A hug from mom made it all better.

Well, almost.

On your marks, get set . . . wait a minute!

Class disruption, a welcome one.
The chiweenie loves children, as for Roxie, she was on her best behavior.
As for the child's mom, too cool for words, so her child is already dog savvy and an animal lover. 

The chiweenie got locked in the pet store's grooming area, so everybody could focus on Roxie.
The chiweenie is not very happy away from M, but you can see that. 

From that point on, Roxie's training went smoothly-ish.

Roxie remained skeptical but compliant.

The crowd went wild with joy as our future canine good citizen got her graduation star and a large baggie of dog treats (for her trouble).

But this, we did not expect!
Brindle-bum got a star too, aaand a baggie of dog treats to bring, ehem, home.

Roxie's mom is reading my blog, well, at least the posts about Roxie. Feel free to wish her good luck (not that she'll need any). And if the dog trainer ends up reading this post: three cheers for trainer extraordinaire. You managed the impossible! By believing in us and our dogs and by using only positive discipline, you've given us the opportunity to turn them around and make them safe and enjoyable for us the owners/handlers/parents and everybody they come in contact. 

Next week, I will be proud to announce that Roxie has sealed the deal and earned her dog treats. 



Sagira said...

Best of luck Roxie!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...


Anonymous said...

YAY ROXIE! I know you'll be super duper terrific and I can't waits to hear about your big triumph! And good job, Frankie, with the whole having to be away from your mom thing. That's tough! But you did Most Splendidly.

Wiggles & Wags,

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

Congratulations and good luck next week, Roxie! And I think that Frankie earned her star just by having to endure that separation. Everyone did just great.

lotsa licks, Lola

Martine said...

Wonderful post! We jsut want to give that cute roxie a good squeeze and kiss!

Cupcake said...

Good luck Miss Roxie! Frankie, you are too cute!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Paws khrossed fur Roxie but it would appear she's got it under khontrol!


Nubbin' Tails said...

Way to go guys! Roxie you will rock it!


Mr. Nubbin'

Asta said...

How cool
Good luck Woxie(as if you needed it, hehehe)
and bwindle bum cheweenie!!! you awe spectacoolaw!!!!
smoochie kisses

Two French Bulldogs said...

Congratulations to Roxie. Standing ovation
Benny & Lily

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Great post, Twink. And good luck to Roxie, but we don't think she needs it, she is going to nail it. She has the look of confidence.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

houndstooth said...

Best of luck to you, Roxie! You'll do great!


Kitty+Coco said...

Good luck to Roxie. Being a Boston, I can tell you to expect the unexpected! We tend to have a mind of our own. Anyhoo, perhaps a frosty paw treat would be in order once she passes?
Those humans ought to be reprimanded (poo in shoe) for confining chiweenie at the groomers! Mom has to literally drag me in there as it is.

Kitty and Coco

The Thundering Herd said...

Best of luck, Roxie. We are cheering for you.

Bijou said...

Hi Twink,

Congrats to your furiend Roxie. I bet you were a big help to her.


Anonymous said...

Roxie thanks everyone for their wishes and support!! And a special thanks to Frankie!!

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