From Basic to Canine Good Citizen: Fur-Get Me Not has a Levels Program for every dogPosted: February 1, 2012
On Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 10am, Fur-Get Me Not Lead Instructor, Roz Ferber, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, will be introducing new training students to the Fur-Get Me Not Levels Program. Their distinctive program provides flexibility and Truly Dog-Friendly dog training. Like all Fur-Get Me Not’s Specialty Classes and Workshops, the ultimate goal is to cultivate a positive bond with your canine companion with an emphasis on responsible ownership and real life rewards.
“Currently,” Roz says, “I am teaching Level Two and Level Four classes in our levels program.” From the Basic Level 1, caregivers and their canines progress at their tempo through stages increasing in challenge and complexity. Level 4 includes coverage of the ten skills required to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) test.
“The Canine Good Citizen test,” says Roz, an AKC CGC® Approved Evaluator,” “is well-known for evaluating the skills of the owner and dog in real life situations. It is important for dogs to be able to live well in society and for owners to feel comfortable with their dogs when out and about.” Roz explains, “Life skills are fostered by the CGC and we promote them throughout our Levels, Confidence Building, Puppy, and City Walks classes.”
“Positive training,” Roz states, “helps create favorable impressions of people, dogs, and handling. It also builds reliable behaviors such as sit by side, come when called, stay, heel, and most important of all, attention and name recognition. All of these behaviors are useful in passing the CGC test and in real life.”
Roz notes, “The CGC test encourages positive interactions between owner and dog.” Harshness is prohibited. Pinch collars, head halters, and electronic collars are forbidden. “During the test, we can actually see which dogs have been trained using positive reinforcement because they are less dependent on the collar and leash and freely choose to be attentive to the owner.” Roz concludes, “It is wonderful to watch!”
Training questions? Email: Trainer@furgetmenot.com