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Canine Good Citizen

I need to start with some background….Way back when I first read the requirements for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test, I immediately dismissed it as impossible. I mean, it seemed to be designed for any type of dog, except hounds. For a long time, I didn’t even think about it. I didn’t desire it; it was totally off my radar.  Over time Daisy has become more responsive to me-especially when we are out in public. She likes to perform.  Even more, I have become a better handler and trainer. So, we had the opportunity to test for free at a local dog event. We had not been practicing recently (my bad), but I am pleased to introduce to you:

Daisy Mae, Canine Good Citizen

Words can not express how happy over-the-moon I am!  I really did not go into expecting for her to pass. I should stop underestimating what my dog can do.  I think I’m the half of this team now holding us back and I plan on changing that for the future.  Watch out world…Daisy is on her way!

For those of you who are curious, or don’t know the requirements there are 10 sections a dog must pass:

1. Accepting a Friendly stranger. The evaluator comes up, speaks to the handler, ignores the dog. Dog can’t jump, paw, whine, pull, ect.

2. Sitting politely for petting. The evaluator goes to pet the dog, the dog must sit. No jumping, ect.

3. Appearance and Grooming. The evaluator runs their hands over the dog, touches paws, checks teeth.

4. Out for a walk.  You have to show your dog can walk on a loose leash.

5. Walking through a crowd. You walk through or by several people. Your dog can show a little interest but must stay with you and not jump up. As we were at a dog event, it was a huge crowd.

6. Sit and down position and stay in position. Dog must do both a sit and down. Then must do a stay in one of those positions while the handler backs up 20 ft.

7. Coming when called.

8. Reaction to another dog. Now, this is normally done with another dog of known temperament. The two handlers approach each other and talk, the dogs can show casual interest but can’t pull, bark, whine, growl, ect.  Now, for our test it ended up some stranger (it was in a public park) let his dog run up on Daisy and sniff her butt and her underside and she just sat there. So she passed.

9. Reaction to distraction.  Dogs can’t panic or show aggression. For Daisy’s test the evaluator threw a tin full of coins near her when she wasn’t looking. Daisy startled, then went right up to sniff the tin and see what it was.

10. Supervised separation. I had to hand Daisy’s leash to a stranger (a lady that was helping the evaluator) and walk out of sight for 3 minutes. Dogs can’t bark, pull, ect. Daisy has zero issues with strangers. In fact, I think she’d be more than willing to go home with any friendly face.


Silly Sunday

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I have no idea how she fits this thing in her head!

Happy Birthday, My Sweet Girl!

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One year ago today, in the dark of night, I was sitting in my car in front of a hotel thinking “What have I done?”  The transport arrived late and they brought out this dog..who was bigger than I expected!  She slept the whole way home.

Week one didn’t go so well. It ended in emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction.  She had serious constipation issues. At the time, they thought that was what made her nauseated but it turns out, that is a whole separate issue.  Why was she constipated? Well, it seems my new dog did not toilet on a leash. Living in an apartment, this was an issue.

It has been a year of life adjustments. The dog park has become our friend out of necessity.  Food changes for allergies, skin issues, nausea, and constipation.

On the flip side, Daisy is the most easy going dog I have ever met. She is so sweet, and ready to participate in whatever activity I have going on. If you tell her something she can’t do, that’s ok, she’ll find something she can do. She can sleep pretty much anywhere. Nothing phases her. She LOVES to play.  She is also very gentle with her sister Bella. Daisy doesn’t push her to be something she is not, and in return Bella is pretty tolerant of her silly ways.

Daisy is more the personality of dog I was hoping for when I first decided to get a dog. I can take her out in public and she enjoys herself. She isn’t reactive, and she isn’t fearful.  She likes dogs and people. And, she is a goof! I wish everyone could see her expressions. She has manged to worm her way right into Grandpa’s heart. She isn’t a super snuggler. She is not the dog to climb up and lay on the couch or try to get into bed. BUT..when she is ready for loving watch out!!! She will come up, paw me and lean on me. She will fall down and roll all over my feet. Basically, she decides when she is ready for attention and I had better be ready to give it! I love my Daisy girl and can’t imagine life without her.

Happy 4th Birthday!

Stop Cleaning and Play with Me!

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So, the other day Grannie was cleaning, minding her own business, when she noticed Daisy behind her stalking the Swiffer duster.  She had “that look” in her eye. So Grannie swung the swiffer around, touched her back and it was game on!  For some reason, this is now a favorite toy!  She prances while playing using her front feet to bat at the duster. It is so cute!  So if you have any Swiffer coupons, send them our way…we are going to need them!


Sassy Sunday

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You lookin’ at me?

Did You Say Something?

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Finally!! A great picture of Daisy with her ears up!  I was inside the house and she was outside. Grandpa started to get ice out of the fridge and TaDa! The picture was taken through the window screen (the window was open) so it isn’t as crisp as it could be but I just love how she looks against the green grass and with the flowers in front of her.


Wordless Wednesday

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Do you know why Daisy is staring?

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