Today we travelled up to Nanaimo, BC so that Hildy could complete the CKC Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) test. With all of the disruption caused by Covid-19, we've been unable to pursue many of the goals I had for Hildy in terms of performance and conformation showing. But when the opportunity came up to participate in the CGN test, with appropriate social distancing in place, I signed Hildy up right away!
The test consists of the following exercises. The dog is rated as "pass" or "fail" and must pass all 12 exercises in order to qualify for the title:
Accepting A Friendly Stranger
Politely Accepts Petting
Appearance and Grooming
Out For A Walk
Walking Through A Crowd
Sit/Down On Command and Stay In Place
Come When Called
Reaction To A Passing Dog
Reaction To Distractions
Walking Through A Door/Gate
A dog with a nice, stable temperament and basic training should be able to pass the test without much difficulty. It is a great way to demonstrate that your dog is a well behaved member of canine society. I encourage all my puppy homes to participate in the CGN program (referred to as "Canine Good Citizen" for the American Kennel Club).
Naturally, at just 18 months old, Hildy passed all 12 exercises with flying colours! Which means she has earned her first (hopefully of many!) titles, officially making her BBPIS Briza From Gardens Heart CGN. Arnold also completed the CGN test around the same age as Hildy.