Canine Good Citizen Test
and Therapy Dogs
Ch. Belle has worked more than 1000 Therapy hours!
Both the CGC Program and Therapy Dog Programs are activities within the reach of almost any well-behaved Wire Fox Terrier. CGC helps promote a positive image of dogs in general and of our Wires specifically. The test is not difficult and will make your dog welcome almost anywhere you go..
Once you and your dog complete the Canine Good Citizen Test, you might like to work toward your Therapy Dog title. It is valuable volunteer work that allows you and your Wire to work together as a team.
Both programs are described in detail below.
The Canine Good Citizen Program
The AKC's Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program was intiated in 1989. Known as CGC, it is a certification program designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. You can read more about it on the AKC website: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/program.cfm
The Yankee Golden Retriever website ( http://www.ygrr.org/doginfo/training-cgc.html ) describes it like this:
"Owning a dog has certainly become more complicated in the past twenty years. "Anti-dog legislation" prohibiting ownership of specific breeds in certain municipalities, no pets housing and the proliferation of "NO DOGS ALLOWED" signs in public places are just a few of the hurdles to be overcome by those who wish to own a canine companion.
In an effort to promote responsible dog ownership, The American Kennel Club conducts the Canine Good Citizen program to demonstrate that dogs, as companions of man, can be respected members of the community. The goals of the program are to educate dog owners about the benefits of well-behaved pets and demonstrate to the general public that dogs can be upstanding members in the community.
The Canine Good Citizen Program consists of a ten-step test which reproduces everyday situations which might be encountered by a dog and owner. The test is not competitive--each dog and owner team are individually assessed on a pass/fail basis for each of the steps. Dogs passing all ten steps receive a certificate from the AKC and are officially awarded the Canine Good Citizen title which gives the owner the right to use the letters "CGC" after his/her dog's name. "
Ch. Dakota's Fire On Mt. Bryton visiting a nursing home.
Many Wire Fox Terriers would make wonderful therapy dogs. They are the right size and seem to instinctually know to be gentle and calm with the sick and elderly. However, if you are interested in having your Wire qualify to be a therapy dog, you must first have it pass the Canine Good Citizen Test. Many dog training clubs and facilities offer both CGC training and testing, but here are the basics your dog will need to know.
Therapy Dogs International,
What Do TDI Dogs Do?
From the TDI website: "The dogs bring sparkle to a sterile day, provide a lively subject for conversation, and rekindle old memories of previously owned pets. TDI Dogs come in all shapes and sizes; real dogs with real personalities and real love to share. Some have pedigrees, some have been adopted. All are very proud to wear their TDI tags.
The volunteers in the program and the dogs who visit with those in care facilities do make a difference in the quality of life. Real therapy is provided between animals and people.
The first time a dog prances into a care facility, most people do a double take. A split second later broad smiles stretch across faces. Regardless of how residents look or how they feel, the animals are happy to see them. Those who live or must stay in a care facility truly benefit from the unconditional love and acceptance provided by TDI Dogs. Typically, there is an immediate response to the tail wagging greetings and warm paws.
Four-footed therapists give something special to enhance the health and well-being of others. It has been clinically proven that through petting, touching and talking with the animals, patients’ blood pressure is lowered, stress is relieved and depression is eased."
Therapy dog, Miss Daisy, owned by Sue Placer
Sue's Wires are accomplished therapy dogs and together, they give amazing service. This is Sue's message about the work they do:
AKC CGC TEST®
/ PLUS ADDED TDI REQUIREMENTS
* TDI Requirements are displayed in italics
Test 1: Accepting a Friendly Stranger
The dog must be tested around medical equipment (cush as a wheelchair,
crutches, cane, walker, or other devices which would ordinarily be found in
a facility) to judge the dog's reactions to common health care equipment. At
the discretion of the evaluator, this part of the test may be included in
any of the following tests: 2, 3, 5, or 9.
Test 2: Sitting Politely for Petting
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. The dog should sit at the handler’s side as the Evaluator approaches and begins to pet the dog on the head and body only. The dog may stand in place to accept petting. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.
Test 3: Appearance and Grooming
Test 4: Out For a Walk
Test 5: Walking Through a Crowd
Test 6: Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place
Test 7: Coming when Called
Test 8: Reaction to Another Dog
|Test 9: Reactions to Distractions|
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations, such as the dropping of a large book or a jogger running in front of the dog. The dog may express a natural interest and curiosity and/or appear slightly startled, but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness or bark.
Leave-It: The handler with the dog on a loose leash walks past food on the ground (placed within a distance of three feet) and, upon command, the dog should ignore the food. (Please note: TDI does not permit the use of food/treats during actual therapy dog visits.)
Acclimation to Infirmities: This test demonstrates the dog’s confidence when exposed to people walking with an uneven gait, shuffling, breathing heavily, coughing, wheezing or other distractions which may be encountered in a facility.
Test 10: Supervised Separation
|Test 11: Say Hello|
The TDI Certified Evaluator will test the willingness of each dog to visit a person and that the dog can be made readily accessible for petting (i.e., small dogs can be placed on a person’s lap or can be held, medium and larger dogs can sit on a chair or stand close to the patient to be easily reached.)
Additional Rules for TDI Testing
Interested in knowing more?
Here's a book to give you some "personal" information
on Therapy Dog work from a dog's point of view!
Lapdog Therapy: My Journey from
Companion Dog to Therapy Dog
by Mickey / Anne B. Nock
You can follow this link http://www.football-gear.biz/stuff-0972488006.html or check out availability on Amazon. It's about $20 for the paperback.