Sunday, June 20, 2010

Zippy now has her CGC

Zippy got her CGC yesterday. That stands for "Canine Good Citizen" and tests stuff like walking thru a crowd, responding to noises, doing a recall, and stuff like that. :-) Zippy said that the CGC crew were very complementary about her. The last exercise is one where the dog has to stay with someone else while the handler goes out of sight. When mom left her, she stood for a while (on a loose lead), then finally she sat, and then she laid down. When mom came back, they said, What a GOOD dog she is! So mom gave her extra cookies.

Anyway, we were at a
show n go, and Zippy also got to do jility, rally and bedience. The judge gave lots of extra halt commands when Zippy was doing novice bedience, cause mom asked him to (Zippy was convinced that she wasn't supposed to sit in the ring, cause of all the conformation stuff), and she did start to do automatic sits when she and mom stopped, so mom was pleased.

Well, FINALLY, I got my turn to do both open obedience and utility. First I did sits and downs. Mom was very happy that I stayed sitting for the full 3 minutes that she was out of sight. But then we waited and waited out in the sun until it was our turn to go into the open obedience ring. I admit, I was hot and tired and crabby by the time I got in the ring, so I didn't do a very good job. So mom put me back in the RV, gave me water and told me to rest and cool down, and took Zippy out to let her do some more agility.

Okay, so then she decided that it was about time I try doing utility. It was my first time actually doing an entire utility run thru, and mom made some mistakes. But I guess mom decided that I might actually get my CDX one of these days and figured we should start to work on the next level. There were LOTS of distractions, and I was till sort of hot, and I wasn't exactly sure about what I was doing. But I surprised mom by doing the scent articles beautifully (had a full set of articles out, and I found both the correct metal and the leather articles). I wasn't sure about getting the glove and the go out on the directed jumping seemed to be WAYYYY far out and there were all the other dogs and people around. But the jumping part itself was cool. Mom and I still need to work some on the signal exercises so that I understand the first time what she wants me to do, but she said that my moving stand was a thing of beauty. So we are making progress.

Charlie got to visit with the ring crews in between other stuff that we did.

All in all a pretty good day!

Love, Jazz

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