Sunday, August 31, 2008

I did it. I passed!

Well, I did it! Wasn't expected and I only passed by a whisker. But I did it; I passed my Canine Good Citizen test!

On Saturday morning, Mum and I headed south to the Columbus area to a really cool country area, where we've trained for agility before. We arrived and there were a couple of pups and people waiting to take the test.

We warmed up a little. Well, maybe warmed up isn't the best word since this isn't agility. But we worked on some distance stays, and recalls. Some heeling, etc.

Then it was time for the test.

Right off the bat, I failed the 'sit to greet' test. I just couldn't help myself and had to give the tester a big ole smacker-oo on the lips. Not acceptable for the Canine Good Citizen. But I had a few tries, so we went on to the other tests and then came back to that test.

I proceed through the test, walking loose on leash, sitting, staying, coming when called, greeting another dog (hey, I passed that one!), grooming and handling, and the long, long (did I say long!) supervised separation from my Mum. I whimpered a bit, but a little is acceptable.

Then we went back to the sitting for petting and I finally passed. Mum was so proud of me!!!

We got a really cool patch for our efforts and a paper to send in to the AKC for a certificate, which Mum is doing right now, as soon as she checks into keylogger.

For those of you who don't think you can pass the test, just like I didn't; don't sell yourself short. You may just be able to do it, like I did!

After the test Mum took me to a the edge of the Blue River for a little hiking and water wading as my big reward. That was so much fun! Overall it was a pretty good day.

But I do have to tell you. Obedience stuff is just not my thing. All that control is incredibly tiresome and borning. I thought we arrived to do some cool agility in the horse barn, but noooooo! All I wanted to do was run agility. So Mum promised we would do some this afternoon in the backyard. Thank Mum!!! That's the reward I was looking for!

Here's a little vid of my test:

13 comments:

The Aphasia Decoder.... said...

Congratulations! That must be a hard test to train for. I'm glad you passed.

Levi's mom

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

whoo-hoo, Yo-Yo- we knew you could do it!
Morgan

Gussie said...

Congratulations, Johann - knew you could do it! Best, Gus n Jake

Tish said...

Congratulations, Johann! I really enjoyed watching your video. :) And I love the photo of you with your Mum!

We just found out that Cruella has more health problems - possibly a recurrence of the cancer that was removed from her colon a year and a half ago. We're praying that it's something else - something that will not require further surgery. Please keep her in your thoughts! And keep up the great work. You're a good boy!

pogonip said...

Hurray! I knew you could do it. My mom thought I could probably too until she saw you sit and not sniff that poodle. There's no way I'm passing up greeting a possible new friend. Still, mom thinks maybe this would be a fun thing to train for. Your video will help us! Woofs, Kharma

FrecklesandDeb said...

Congratulations! What a cool patch! That looked like a hard test to pass. I don't think they have anything like that for bunnies, 'cuz none of us would ever pass. We're much better at dandelion eating and chewing paper! (Now that kind of test would be easy!)

Diana said...

Great job!! Diana

Therese said...

Congrats!! Yippeee! You're such a smart, smart guy!!!

Tish...I'm so sorry to hear about Cruella. I hope it's something simple!!

Pacco de Mongrel said...

well done johann....

i will definately fail badly in CGC... i'm so nervous about stranger fussing over me... i might tempt to snap at them...

parlance said...

Congratulations! Penny could never pass that, mainly because I haven't the patience to persist in the boring aspects of the training. You and your mum must be a great team.

Tatum Tot said...

Congrats to you Johann CGC! The Mum says I should take the test soon, I hope I don't get test stress!

Lindsay said...

Congrats! Ace might take that test tonight. It's not offered very often so we might just go take it even though we haven't been practicing. I really don't know if Ace would pass or not. I guess it just depends on the circumstances and how much exercise Ace gets beforehand. And how lenient the judge is!

Elf said...

Congratulations! I knew you could! (I was one of many voters who voted ahead of time that you'd do it without a doubt. And you rewarded all of our faith in you.)

-ellen