Good Citizen Companion

 

Leave the puppy or young dog that you already own with us, we will do the training for you in our home and kennel! This training program is only available when we are not too busy with training our own Versatile Companion puppies.

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This program covers commands needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizenship test which involves thorough socialization and training in environments with tempting distractions. (Check out you tube videos of AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test.)  It does not involve off leash training like the Versatile Companion program; Pups are taken in public for thorough distraction training and socialization.  Pups are tested with the AKC CGC test at completion.

 

This program is approximately 6-7 weeks depending on when all commands are at competent level with distractions. It is designed to teach your existing puppy or young dog everything it must know to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizenship test. You will receive a 1 hour training session on how to handle trained puppy and keep it's attention focused on owner rather than on distractions.

Your existing puppy will be taught to pay attention to handler so that it can:

  • Heel on leash without pulling, including following the handler when turning left and right.

  • Allow a stranger to pet while puppy stays in a sit position.  Puppy will not get up, jump, or bark when the stranger approaches or while it is being petted.

  • Sit automatically when handler stops walking

  • Sit and down

  • Sit and stay

  • Down and stay

  • Come directly into front center of handler when called from 6 feet away in a controlled inside environment

  • Heel and sit by handler's side while a stranger with a strange dog stops to talk to handler.  With owners help, puppy will not pull toward the strange dog, sniff or bark at the other dog.

  • With owner's proper handling, walk politely through a crowd without jumping up on the people or sniffing excessively at humans in the crowd.

  • With owner at its side keeping its attention, let a stranger examine its paws, ears, and groom it without becoming scared or aggressive.

  • Let a stranger hold its leash while the handler disappears without becoming scared or aggressive.

  • With owners assistance, behave politely when someone on crutches comes near it.

  • Behave politely when something loud such as a clip board is dropped near it.

 

In addition to the AKC CGC requirements, puppy will be taught:

  •     'Place' where it stays on a mat for up to an hour with handler in sight.

  •      Crate trained

  •      Potty training initiated with use of the bell, making it easier to potty train to your home, relieves self with command "potty" (Puppy should not potty in your home if our instructions are followed)

  •      'Free' as release word

  •      'Off" to stay off people and furniture

  •      'No' and 'leave it' to stop inappropriate behavior

 

This program includes hours of training and socializing out in public at pet stores, at parks, in parking lots, around other dogs, etc. so that with owner's assistance, puppy's obedience is dependable in the presence of tempting distractions.  The program lasts approximately 5-6 weeks and includes testing by an AKC CGC evaluator.  (This program does not include off leash work, adventure or versatile dog training or therapy work as in the versatile companion program). Program includes feeding Kirkland's Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable, training, boarding.  Any needed vet care is additional. Your existing puppy must be evaluated and approved by Ganderwood before being accepted to the program. 

 

Price: $950; 1/2 due on drop off, 1/2 due at pick up.

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