Adventures of the TMNP - The Instructor

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Preface:  We live in the middle of nowhere with limited access to training facilities.  All of our "schooling" has been online and we have never attended a group class - plenty of socialization, but no dog groups.  After reviewing the requirements for the CGC test, I decided that a couple of lessons with a real instructor might be a good investment.  Considering the closest facility was over an hour away, I opted for a private lesson.  After filling out the "aptitude evaluation", I was feeling a little inadequate and unsure of what to expect... and Rip could sense my trepidation. 

Luckily, I liked her instantly.  And Rip thought the little pittie girl she brought with her was adorable.  We listened quietly to her show me what would be expected.  We went through each step slowly, both of us listening and learning.  When she told us that he had to sit quietly while the pretty pittie sauntered by, well that was a bit of a glitch.  The first time, he just HAD to go sniff her.  Fail. The 2nd time, he stayed in his sit but leeeaned as far as he could with his butt still on the ground.  Fail.  Then she said "Next time I go by, take two fingers and pop him on the nose if he moves"  "OK. Got it." I replied.   The third time she sauntered by, the only thing moving was his eyeballs!  We laughed and she gave him extra credit points for his listening skills. 

We go back again next week for another lesson...I'll keep you posted.

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Wonderful!!

Pretty Pitties are hard to resist.

( So are alliterations.)

 

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you have no worries i think rip wil pass with flying colors ! i'm looking to get sunna her cgc  soon let us know how it goes and what other kind of testing they do . i know one of them is staying wih someone else while you walk away , without her whining . sunna might not pass that one lol !

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He actually got through that step better than I thought!  (Note: she can whine a little as long as she doesn't completely freak out). The first "run through" all the stations was interesting, but the 2nd time he figured it all out.  I really like that you can talk to them the whole time, that helps.  

I printed the description of the CGC test items off the AKC website, so I knew what would be expected before I went.  She gave me some great tips that I never would have considered.  

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(Last week, the instructor told us that the test would be conducted outside...in the midst of an agility and obedience meet.  Ok. Got it. Practice outside.  Invited another dog to come help us practice outside....Check.)

"Planes, trains and automobiles" will be the title of Lesson #2. 

Off we go.  We stop at our favorite little BBQ joint on the way that has tables outside to eat and watch and listen.  Oilfield trucks are pulling in and out, cars whizzing by, people walking by, large mower drives by, wind blowing ... I'm thinking it's perfect.  And it was.  Until the train.  The location of the table blocked the view of the rapidly approaching noise assault.  I wasn't sure if he was going to climb into my scrub top or climb on top of my head ... but I was glad the table was anchored to the pavement and that the leash was anchored to my leg.  It took a little longer than usual to settle, but settle he did. 

When we get to the lesson, we do a quick run through in the building and then the instructor says "He did fine. Let's take it outside, cuz it's gonna get crazy on test day".  Again, the friendly pittie came along for distraction.  During the practice outside, the wind picks up, the horses next door start whinning, a plane flies over, the train comes back by, the distraction dog is circling quietly around the test area ... and by the time we get finished, I need an adult frosty beverage!  Yikes, so much for distraction training.  Long story short, we may or may not conquer the challenge on Sunday, but the nursing home will look like a walk in the park with earplugs from now on. 

 

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i'm sure you will both be fine . let us know how it goes !

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We did it!  I was nervous, but thankfully he was cool enough for both of us.  ❤️❤️ Oh how I love this derpy boy.

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 congradulations !!!! i knew you both could do it way to go riptide !

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Congrats riptide and momma!!! There was no doubt in my mind that the two of you could do it!!

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YAY YOU!!!