Poochapalooza is thrilled to welcome back Training You With Your Dog, common sense clicker training in a special Activity Area at the festival that will allow you and your pet to test your hand at completing the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen program. Canine Good Citizen Is your dog a good citizen? Parade your pooch over to Poochapalooza's Activity Area and put yourselves through an evaluation that may earn your dog recognition from the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen. The AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation is a 10-step observation of how your dog responds to various people, pets, and foreign stimulus while demonstrating appropriate responses and obedient behavior. This activity is open to all dogs, mixed or purebred, 6 months of age and older. Participating dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC. AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog's health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.
After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:
* Accepting a friendly stranger * Sitting politely for petting * Appearance and grooming * Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead with pet owner) * Walking through a crowd politely * Sit and down on command and staying in place * Coming when called * Reaction to another dog; being able to behave politely around other dogs * Reaction to distraction - dog is confident at all time when faced with common distracting situations * Supervised separation - demonstrating that a dog can be left with a trusted person and maintain training and good manners.
If dogs were event planners, they'd do Poochapalooza!
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