Canine Good Citizen Test (Bronze)

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What is a Canine Good Citizen?

A Canine Good Citizen is a friendly, well-behaved dog that we can take virtually anywhere without the risk or bother to others. It is a dog that behaves well in a crowd, has good manners when guests visit our home, is reliable around children, and who does not lunge, bark at, or threaten other dogs or passers-by.

The CGCT rewards dogs that have the training and are reliable family members with a certificate and rosette from the Kennel Union of Southern Africa. (KUSA)

The CGCT is fun and useful. This test of your dog’s manners and training is not a competition and does not require you and your dog to perform with precision. Through it you will establish a closer bond with your dog and your dog will know how to please you.

The CGCT is to ensure that our favourite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it is trained to act with manners in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs. The programme is for purebred and mixed-breed dogs.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TEST: Training Programme: Bronze

There is no particular age limit for dogs. Children must be over the age of eight (8). No bitches on heat.
Emphasis is placed on the ability of the owner to handle and care for the dog.
Test one (1) to test four (4) must be passed before any other test can be attempted in any order.

Test 1 Accepting a stranger:

Ignoring the dog the Evaluator greets the handler and shakes hands, then pats the dog on the head before circling the handler and the dog. The dog must not show shyness or resentment or leave its position…

Test 2 Putting on a collar and lead:

Dog must have a well fitting collar correctly fitted. Special collars are not allowed.

Test 3 Present for examination on a lead:

The handler presents the dog to the Evaluator. The dog must allow a gentle examination of its mouth, teeth, ears, eyes and feet by a stranger on lead without becoming aggressive or flinching.

Test 4 Groom:

The dog will be inspected to see if it is healthy, clean and groomed and will permit a stranger such as a vet to comb and brush him and examine his ears and the front of each foot. The Evaluator wants to see if it will accept grooming from someone other than its owner.

Test 5 Praise/Presentation:

The dog must show that it can be calmed easily after 10 secs of play and excitement. The handler may praise the dog; play with a toy and/or its favourite trick in the allowed time. The dog must be calm for the next test.

Test 6 Release from lead, play with or without toy, recall and attach lead:

This test is to see if the dog can play happily off lead, be recalled and attached? The handler may throw some object for it to fetch and play with, then recall it and attach to a lead.

Test 7 Walk on a loose lead without distraction:

The handler must show that he is in control. The dog’s attention must be on the handler during a course with a left turn, right turn, about turn and a stop in between. The dog must respond to movements and changes in direction. The dog does not have to be perfectly aligned with the handler, nor sit when the handler stops.

Test 8 Walk on lead through a door or gate:

The dog must be confident and not shy away when walking through a gate or door

Test 9 Walk on lead passing people and dogs:

This test is to show that the dog should have no difficulty in walking through pedestrian traffic. The dog and handler must walk past at least 4 people and one dog. The dog may show interest in the people and the dog without shyness or exuberance and should not be pulling on the lead. The handler may encourage, praise or talk to the dog.

Test 10 Reaction to another dog:

This test is to demonstrate the proper behaviour in the presence of other dogs. Two handlers with dogs walk towards each other, meet, shake hands, chat and continue. Dogs may show interest in the stranger and the dog, but must continue without shyness or pulling. Neither dog should go to the other dog.

Test 11 Lie down and stay command.

This test is to demonstrate that the dog has had some training and will respond to the handler’s commands. The dog must first “Sit” then lie “Down,” using as many commands as is needed, but without the dog being pushed down. The, “Stay” command is given and then leaves the dog and walk about 7 metres and return. Dog must stay down until given permission to move by the Evaluator. 

Test 12 Reaction to a distraction: Any two (2) of the following must be used.

The dog must be confident when facing a distraction e.g. handicapped person on crutches, sudden opening of a door, passing pram, shopping cart, jogger, bicycle, skateboard, dropping a large book etc. The dog may show interest and may startle, but should not panic, try to run away, show aggression or bark.

Test 13 Supervised isolation.

The dog must show that he can be left alone and maintain its training and good manners. The dog is attached to a 2-metre line. The owner leaves. The dog does not have to stay in position but must not continually bark, whine, howl or show agitation or nervousness.

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Test sheet: Each participant will be given a Test sheet in duplicate. One sheet for the club and one for the participant who must make sure that both copies are signed when a test is “Passed.“. Only the “Not ready” tests will have to be taken again

 

 

 

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