The Canine Good Citizen Program is part of the American Kennel Club and rewards dogs for having basic manners using a 10 step test. The test items include: accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, appearance and grooming, out for a walk, walking through a crowd, sit, down, and stay on command, coming when called, reaction to another dog and distraction, and supervised separation.
I'm not sure exactly how he passed; in a controlled environment he is great at 6.5-7 of these items. But add Banjo, a squirrel, and me into the mix and it's a whole new adventure. I'm hoping to one day take a class or two with him to continue his great work and maybe get him into agility or flyball (he loves standing on things and chuck-it).
Here are some places in the Portland area to take CGC classes with your pup:
Oregon Humane Society (offer a 10% discount for shelter dogs)
Club K-9 (this is where we go for daycare and boarding).
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