The Terrier Tattler
Happy Summer! Yes, this is a great season. My brother Wesley and I spend our free time
resting in the grass in our backyard. It’s so relaxing just laying in the sun and if it gets too
warm, there’s plenty of shade to lay in as well. Of course, there really isn’t much free time….
Summer is prime agility season. I was very fortunate to attend an agility seminar at Dana Pike’
s. It was very educational and a lot of my agility friends were there. The weather was pretty
nice and Dana’s got a wonderful place - it was held outdoors down among farm land.
June will be very busy. To my Iowa fan club – I’ve added a new Iowa Agility Trial to my schedule
this year. The Ames AKC Trial is June 4-5, so I’ll see many of you there! Then in mid-June
we’re making our annual trip to Kalamazoo, MI for the UKC AllStar and Premier events. It’s four
Cider's Growing Up!
One of my agility buddies, Willow, has added a new
member to her household this past year. Cider is a
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (or Toller for
short!). Here's a shot of Cider at 6 months old!!
Yes, she's growing up fast and will be hitting the
agility circuit before we know it!
Update on Lucy's Babies!
The weiner babies are now big kids! Lucy's litter is now on their own and having so much fun!
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program recognizes dogs that have good manners and know how to behave around
the house and in the community. The program was started by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1989. Dogs
complete a ten step test to pass the CGC exam. The test consists of:
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural,
everyday situation. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to
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. With the dog
sitting at the handler's side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body.. The dog must not
show shyness or resentment.
Test 3: Appearance and grooming
This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone,
such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner's care, concern and
sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear
to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the
dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot.
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog's position should leave no doubt that the dog
is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler's movements and changes of direction. The dog need not
be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted
course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a
right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to
the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice.
Test 5: Walking through a crowd
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places.
The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest
in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or
resentment. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.
Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
This test demonstrates that the dog will respond to the handler's commands to sit and down and will remain in the
place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND
down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog's
leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one
command to get the dog to sit and then down. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog
to offer gentle guidance. When instructed, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line,
turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change
position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog.
Test 7: Coming when called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog,
turn to face the dog, and call the dog.
Test 8: Reaction to another dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach
each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about
10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or
Test 9: Reaction to distraction
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The
evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate
dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural
interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness,
Test 10: Supervised separation
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person and will maintain training and good manners.
Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the
dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not
continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness.
Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g,
"there, there, it's alright").
All dog breeds and mixed breeds are allowed to participate in the CGC program. It’s a great starting place for dogs to
move on to agility, tracking, obedience or some of the other cool events I’ve written about in prior newsletters. Therapy
Dog International (TDI) requires CGC as a prerequisite to testing for therapy dog certification.
Wesley passed both the CGC and TDI exams a year ago (and he’s been working as a therapy dog since then). I just
took my first exams last month and I passed them both with flying colors! As a matter of fact, one of the participants
commented that I would be good in obedience (what a hoot!) and the tester wrote ‘sweet & gentle’ on my TDI test
So, for those of you new to the world of canine events, consider CGC. There are also HUMAN Good Citizens out
there. One of my friends, Murray and MacKenzie’s mom Ruthann, is a great example of a super human citizen. Once
while walking Murray at a trial, Murray pooped in remote area and Ruthann found herself without a poop-pickup bag!!!
What to do?! Searching her pockets didn’t turn up any napkins, Kleenex, only a five dollar bill!! Hmmm….. Quite a
decision…… Leave the poop or use the $$..... Ruthann being the great Human Good Citizen she sacrificed the cash
for the safety of others!!
Are You A Good Citizen?
I highlight different dog activities/events each newsletter. This month's event is a very cool test that many of you that
haven’t competed in any events before could try. I think even my cousins could be Canine Good Citizens!
As always send me your feedback and suggestions at Contact Us. I also welcome contributions from you about
your favorite activities! -Bianca
fun-filled days of agility and other really cool dog events (you may recall this is the place that Wes and I got to try Terrier
Races last year!). It's also the place where Wesley has his 'CRAPPY' agility run (many of you remember that incident!).
There is just one sad thing that will be happening in June. The Pet Sitter I’ve known my entire life, Pat Gray, is moving
to another state. Yes, I know there are other pet sitters out there, but Pat’s taken care of me since I was a puppy and
I've got her trained! I’ve seen her almost everyday! Tracy says we’re very happy for Pat, but I’m not happy at all!!! I will
miss her a bunch!!
A Lure Coursing Corgi!!!
In last month’s Terrier Tattler, I showcased a very cool
competitive sport: Lure Coursing. Competition is limited to
sight hounds (terriers aren’t allowed!!). However, there are
‘fun matches’ where any breed is invited. My friend Breeze
goes to a really cool dog summer camp every August and
one of the activities she got to participate in was lure
coursing. You may recall that Breeze is Corgi (not a sight
hound) but wow was she wild on the course. She chased
that lure as well as any sight hound ever could!
YOUR HELP NEEDED – How To Stop DIGGING??
Two of my beagle buddies from Long Island have been having a ball digging in their big backyard. Unfortunately, their
caretakers are not pleased with the craters scattered around the yard. I’ve never had the desire to dig (way too dirty for
my liking) but these girls love it. Do any of you have any suggestions of techniques that will discourage this messy
behavior? Tracy recommended a very obnoxious device she uses when Wes and I bark in the backyard (she shakes
pennies in soda bottle), but I’m sure many of you guys may have some great suggestions. Please email your anti-
digging recommendations to me at Bianca@2westies.com. THANKS!
I’ve asked my assistant Tracy to take me to this cool dog
summer camp this August, but she hasn’t confirmed it
yet. Apparently she’s got another job that takes priority
over her job with me!!!