In April of 2021 I completed my training through AKC to become a Canine good Citizen Evaluator and judge. The Canine good citizen classes are focused on basic good maners and works with owners to train your companions to be comfortable in common life situations. Socializing a dog and getting them comfortable with senarios that are likely to happen in there life before it happens is a great life skill and it's always better to identify potential problems and slowly work toward overcoming them than just jumping in and hoping for the best. I am also able to judge your dog and award him a CGC title if he is able to complete the 10 part test. Some of the requirements of the test include a stranger touching your dogs feet and ears which is a fantastic skill for your dog to have for the groomer or veternaian. You don't want your dog unsure of holding a strangers hand then have to have toe nails cut or a Dr. examine a wound. That is a reciepe for a phobia or a poteintal bite, either of which is horrible and best prevented. Also, behaving nicely around other dogs...not barking or jumping...and allowing a stranger to take control of there lead while you step away. Both of these skills, as well as the other 8 are very much real life skills that you should strive to have your dog learn.
I have compeleted the course throuh the AKC canine College and am a judge for temperment testing. This is a great program that judges your dog on how they react to 6 different stimuli. These include Social, Auditory, Visual, Tactical, motion and unexpected. This program is great for proving that your dog is not reactionary. This test does require two different judges and is best completed at shows or big events. I would be happy to talk with anyone interested in getting a temperment test done on there dog, however it is hard to get testing venues.
EVERYONE - with two feet or four - needs to be healthy!
I am very excited to have started the Shore farms fit dog club. We strive to get together and walk monthly, and we have a large meet every November for the TURKEY TROT! Exercising with your pup is a great way to loose weight and to keep your pup is a healthy weight as well. Fresh air and sunshine are wonderul for all!