Care and Responsibility (SILVER)

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KENNEL UNION OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

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CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TESTS

PART 1

CARE AND RESPONSIBILITY

The object is to test the knowledge of the handler on the subject of his responsibility and care of his Canine companion.

When the Evaluator is questioning the handler from the KUSA Code of Ethics or the Care and Responsibility document, the questions should not be phrased in an ambiguous manner and, where necessary Evaluators should rephrase the question In an attempt to bring out the correct answer from the handler.

Note: Only one numbered Item may constitute a question.

Silver Test 1

The handler should be able to give six out often correct answers from ten

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Boundary Runners

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BOUNDARY RUNNERS

In all neighbourhoods we find dogs running up and down along the boundary fence barking fiercely at whoever passes by. These dogs are territorial and have become overprotective. They very clearly and aggressively send out a message to, “stay away from my territory.”

They not only distress passers-by and scare children but quickly gain a reputation as dangerous, aggressive dogs. Unfortunately they may also attract those misguided individuals who will deliberately tease these dogs and send them into a greater frenzy,

I have seen the damage they can do to a lawn or garden by wearing out deep trenches along the fence as they charge up and down all day long. Shouting at them to stop has little effect and they seem to interpret it as encouragement from the owners to keep going. Read the rest of this entry »

Puppy’s First Year

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Puppy’s First Year

The most important year of its entire life.

Bringing a puppy into your home is much like bringing a new baby into your home. It becomes your responsibility not only to
look after its physical needs but also to teach good manners, socially acceptable behaviour and to set limits. However, since puppies are beautiful, playful and fun it is very often forgotten that the first year of a puppy’s life is the most important period in its entire life and the ideal opportunity to establish good habits that will be hard to break. If it is old enough to come home it is old enough to start learning.

We need to start young as the puppy passes through the different veryset phases of development.

During the Teething stage from 2 – 4 months of age a puppy is very dependent on its owner and will come when called and will willingly stay with him or her. A proper foundation needs to be set to maintain its bond with the owners. Getting along with the family and strangers is more important than learning to “sit” or “stay.” Dogs that do not get on with people end at rescue places!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Canine Good Citizen Test (Silver)

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CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TEST
(SILVER LEVEL)

Only handlers and dogs that have been awarded a Canine Good Citizen Test (Bronze) Certificate may participate in the Canine Good Citizen (Silver) Tests. The Bronze Certificate number must be recorded on the Test Sheet (Silver Level)

Test 1. PLAY WITH DOG
This is to demonstrate that the dog will play with its handler. Play should be under the handlers control, should not include fighting or be a retrieve exercise and if articles are used the dog should readily give them up.

Test 2. ROAD WORK
This is to demonstrate that the dog has the ability to walk on lead under control along a pavement, execute a turn and stop at the curb. Once the road is clear, cross over to the other side, turn and continue walking. The dog must remain steady and controlled in normal passing traffic and distractions.

Test 3. REJOIN HANDLER
The handler removes the lead and moves 10 paces away from the dog and when directed to do so, should call the dog. The dog should stop close to the handler in any position and the lead shall be replaced. The dog should not anticipate the command.

Test 4. STAY IN ONE PLACE
The dog is on lead and placed in any position of choice. Upon instruction, the handler quietly drops the lead and moves a distance of 5 paces away for a period of 2 minutes. Minor movements and slight changes of position are acceptable.

Test 5. VEHICLE CONTROL
The handler must demonstrate that he can get the dog in and out of a vehicle in a controlled manner. Without pulling the dog is taken to a vehicle and remains steady while the door is opened and must enter willingly once instructed. The dog must sit quietly while the driver closes the doors, starts the engine and lets it run for a short period. The handler then, when instructed lets the dog exit in an orderly manner, closes the door and calmly leaves the vehicle

Test 6. COME AWAY FROM DISTRACTIONS
The handler takes the dog, on lead, towards a gathering of people and dogs on lead. When instructed to do so, removes the lead and walks or runs away calling the dog. The dog should return to the handler without delay and be placed on leash again.

Test 7. CONTROLLED GREETING
When the evaluator or helper greets the dog it must not jump up during the greeting. The handler must be able to stop the dog from doing so. Dogs that do not jump up will pass.

Test 8. FOOD MANNERS
Food is consumed while the dog, on a loose lead, is taken close enough to be aware of it. The dog should not unduly respond to this temptation, beg for food or steal.

Test 9. EXAMINATION OF THE DOG
The dog must allow itself to be inspected by a person such as a vet. The dog must be on lead and allow for the inspection of mouth, throat, eyes, ears and feet while standing, sitting or lying down as required.

Test 10.CARE AND RESPONSIBILITY
This is to test if the handler has a good understanding of the responsibility required to care for the dog and the responsibility with regards the neighbours and the community at large.
The handler will be asked question from Section 1 of the document titled “Care and Responsibility.” Six correct answers out of ten is a pass mark.




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