Wilbon's Katie Scarlett O'Hara, CGC
Katie passed her Canine Good Citizen test yesterday with flying colors. Even though it covers fairly basic tasks I was a bit nervous as it was my first time to participate in any type of dog test. One aspect that made it challenging was that training collars were not allowed. I have been working with Katie for a while to wean her off her training collar. Most of the time she does great, but occasionally the puppy crazies still take hold of her. (Even though she now weighs 111 pounds she is still a "teenage" puppy at 16 months old.) She took the test in her regular buckle collar and was just fine. I wasn't a bit worried about the sit stay, down, or recall; what scared me was the distraction test. For the first part they were throwing metal pans on the floor - no problem... Katie could sleep through a thunderstorm. The part I was worried about was when a person goes by on crutches because Katie sometimes picks the strangest things to fear. Recently, she was scared of a woman who was using a cane. Maybe she has gotten over this because she wasn't a bit worried by the crutches during the test. The last exercise was me leaving Katie with a handler for 3 minutes while I went out of sight. The dogs were allowed to move around next to the handler during the exercise as long as they did not bark or appear anxious. Katie, however, acted like I had put her in a sit stay even though I had not given her any command. I watched Katie through a one way window as she sat like a beautiful statue beside her handler. He said she did not move the entire time. As I returned to her the judge announced that Katie passed the test. I am so proud of our sweet girl.