Galway Dog Club

Good Citizen Silver Certificate

Course Content:

Week 1

  • Socialising Dog to Human and Dog to Dog
  • Form circle, weave trough gaps (no contact)
  • Meet & Greet: Contact for 3 seconds
  • Behavior in a crowd

Week 2

  • Socialising Dog to Dog
  • Obedience
  • Heelwork
  • Sit, Down & Recall
  • Enter door before dog
  • Prep behavior for grooming and petting by strangers

Week 3

  • Socialising
  • Recap Obedience
  • Practice walking on loose lead on public road
  • Behavior with Joggers, Cyclists and Traffic
  • Check with handler to address any problems

Week 4

  • Recap and Test!
  • Presentation of Certificates to successful candidates.

Course Test:

  1. Dog must be presented in good condition, clean and groomed.
  2. Dog must walk on a loose leash for about 40 paces; make a left turn, right turn and about turn.
  3. Dog and handler must mingle in a group of at least 5 people and be calm and approachable.
  4. Dog must perform a sit and down exercise when instructed to do so by handler.
  5. Handler will instruct the dog to perform a sit/down exercise. Handler will walk 15 paces away, turn and face the dog and re-call the dog.
  6. Dog and handler will approach a door/gate. Dog must sit on command, Handler to enter door/gate before the dog.
  7. Dog and handler will walk along a public footpath. Dog must remain calm when traffic approaches, e.g. cars, cyclists or joggers.
  8. Two dogs with their handlers will approach each other from opposite directions, pause and engage in light conversation for about 15-20 seconds then continue on their way.

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