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It's been a hard dog night.

by Kyler Laird last modified 2009-01-11 05:23

GP comes home and then passes CGC test along with Dobky and Sunny.

date: 2009-01-10 (4673 days ago)

dogs: Dobky, GP, Sunny

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The CGC test at Klondike Canine Academy (KCA) has been rescheduled several times for weather but it was held today despite the ice. In preparation I bathed GP yesterday at the kennel and brought him home to spend the night. He wasn't an easy addition to our household of seven dogs. Although he's been around the other dogs he was still quite growly with all of them. I worked hard at managing and comforting him and he did alright. He seemed relieved to be out of the kennel and enjoyed sleeping while I worked. In the afternoon I took him to University Place to meet Lindsey with Sunny for a bit of practice for the CGC test.

Dinner was the big surprise; GP readily went into a down stay with the other dogs, ate his food, and waited until he was released. He was near the entry to the kitchen, however, and I diverted my attention after dogs passed him without incident but something happened when Morgan walked by him and they were suddenly in battle. I hauled GP away but Morgan still sliced his left ear (which has other problems already). Neither dog seemed too bothered by it and although they were obviously cautious I had them back together soon. At night I kept GP in the guest bathroom but after a late night outing I allowed him to roam freely. He curled up beside the bed, putting the other dogs on alert but we slept without incident.

This morning the dogs lined up for breakfast but everyone squeezed together far away from GP. GP broke his stay a couple times after he finished his food but before I cleaned the dishes. I returned him to his spot and finally released everyone but hovered over GP to prevent a skirmish. Morgan waited to move until I specifically directed him to leave the kitchen.

We arrived at KCA just before the test time of 11:00. After an introduction by the evaluator, Leslie, we watched a couple of teams test and then I ran Dobky. He did well with everything but my greatest worry was that he'd botch the "supervised separation." In practice sessions he only lasted seconds before crying out for me. I've noticed that Dobky "hunkers down" anytime I grab his collar and try to lead him somewhere so I grabbed his collar and lead him to the evaluator. He resisted a bit as I pulled him along and then I handed over the lead. I walked out of the room and he stayed relaxed for the entire three minutes. Dobky is a CGC dog!

Lindsey wanted to watch me with Dobky before she went so she was next. Sunny had been a handful yesterday at University Place and I didn't expect him to do well. He surprised me by doing an outstanding job and Lindsey handled him beautifully. It was fun to watch them working together. Another CGC!

GP had been snuggling against Amy during the tests and seemed relaxed. I took him next and I mostly hoped he wouldn't do anything too embarrassing. We had hardly worked on heeling, hadn't done recalls, and I'd only tried downs with him during meals. He did lead me during "out for a walk" but I was able to keep his attention and he even sat when we stopped. His sit was fine but it took a long time to work him into a down. (I finally asked for his paw first and then he gave me the down.) He broke the stay as soon as I rose to leave but when I placed him again I think he got the message that he was to stay. I was delighted at his recall but I think he amused the spectators because I energetically called to him (only once) and he slowly rose and lumbered over to me. That's just his speed. He had no problems with walking through the crowd, supervised separation or any of the other exercises. CGC! I enjoyed showing everyone what a great dog GP is.

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