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Progress Report (Jan 30th - Feb. 4th)

Hello Pricilla!

It is time for another update about Sterling and his progress! 

This week, on the 8th, will mark Sterling's official third week with me here at Knallhart. His progress has been quite incredible. Sterling has learned how to not only walk on the leash, but also to keep his nose off the ground, to ignore the desire to pull and bark at strangers or other dogs. He has learned not to bark at you for attention or in the crate when left alone. Sterling has learned to wait for food and water until released, how to drop what he has in his mouth when asked. Sterling has made MANY new friends and knows how to play respectful with other dogs. Sterling can be out in public without being a nuisance and maintaining composure when being asked to work. 

Overall we have accomplished A LOT these past two weeks and this week being his third week I would like to take him to test for his first Canine Good Citizen Test. 


Testing Requirement 


Accepting a friendly stranger
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.

Sitting Politely for Petting
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.

Appearance and Grooming
The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).

Walking Through a Crowd
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).

Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

Coming When Called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).

Reaction to Another Dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

Reaction to Distraction
The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.

Supervised Separation
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's alright").


Here is a video instruction of level 1 of the Canine Good Citizen Test


Plan on having Sterling come home this Thursday the 8th at night. I will also bring you the service agreement to sign so that I have that on file for Sterling moving forward. 

Moving forward It is up to you how much you want to pay for training. If you want to pay for the remainder of the month, there will be three weeks remaining until March 1st. I plan to continue to charge you $50/day. 

Moving forward and seeing the progress Sterling has made up to this point here is my lesson plan for him. Our end goal is service dog certification and I have NO doubt he will be able to accomplish this by the end of this year.  

ebruary 5th-8th - CGC training - Test by the end of the week

Feb 13th-16th, 20th-23rd, 27th-March 2nd - CGC-A Training -- CGC-A Testing by March 2nd (if he is ready)

March 6th-9th, 13-16th, 20-23rd, 27th-30th, 3rd-6th - Beginner Novice Training

April 7th, 8th, & 9th - Attend obedience competition in Amana

Depending on where he is at after the competition the remainder of his training will go as followed

Companion Dog Obedience and Testing 

Canine Good Citizen Urban Training and Testing 

Public Access Testing 



Below are videos and links to each of the above tests and competitions he will doing leading up to his certification

Dogs must pass all 10 items of the test to receive the CGCA title.

  1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner:
    • sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork, or,
    • if the test is done in the community, dog waits while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with another person (e.g., at a park)
  2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) -- does not pull.
    • left turn
    • right turn
    • stop
    • fast and slow pace
  3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd:
    • at a show or in class, this item is tested in a real crowd, not in a ring
    • in the community, dog walks on sidewalk, through a crowd at a community fair, park, on a trail, through a busy hallway, etc.
  4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
    This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd, etc.
    • at a show or class, dog walks by dogs waiting in the crowd--dogs 2 ft. apart
    • in the community, dog walks by other dogs on a trail, sidewalk, in a hallway, etc.
  5. Sit -- stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
    Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation.
    Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds)
  6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.
    "May I pet your dog?" (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)
  7. "Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."
    This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or ground in a food dish with a wire cover as in Rally.
  8. Down or sit stay -- distance (owner's choice).
    Dog is on 20--ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog.
  9. Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20--ft. **(off center) and calls dog.
    Dog is on the 20--ft. line from #8 above.
  10. Dog will sit or stand stay (owner's choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.
    Owner may also choose to:
    1. send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the owner, or
    2. the owner may choose to have the dog go through the doorway at the owner's side.
    Whichever method is used, the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. Think of the handler having the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
    Doorway or gate can be real or simulated with ring gates, two chairs, or a natural passageway (e.g., entrance to trail) in the community.



Beginner Novice AKC Obedience


Companion Dog AKC Obedience


Canine Good Citizen Urban


Public Access Test

Earlier Event: January 29
Progress Report (Jan 26th-29th)
Later Event: February 17
Corrective Training Handbook - Part 1