Thursday, June 12, 2008

Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze - Passed

Pink Tongue
We bring good news. Following the recent posts, where it was seeming impossible to get our Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze exam date, we have since received our date, and indeed Ellie passed the exam last night.

She was a model dog throughout and carried out each exercise flawlessly. There were ten exercises - nine of which were all down to Ellie. The tenth one was about me answering some questions about dog ownership and responsibility.

The exercises were as follows.

1. Cleanliness and Identification
I had to ensure that I had poo-bags with me and the examiner came over and inspected Ellie to make sure that she had a collar and Identification tag complying with the law.

2.Collar and Lead
Ellie had to remain still and calm whilst I demonstrated that I could remove her collar without her running off.

3. Walk on Lead
Ellie had to demonstrate that she could walk on lead without pulling or becoming distracted.

4. Control at Door/Gate
Ellie had to demonstrate leaving and entering through a door calmly and on command.

5. Controlled Walk Amongst People And Dogs
Ellie had to demonstrate that she could walk calmly on lead amongst other people and dogs.

6. Stay on Lead for One Minute
Ellie had to stay for one minute whilst I was at least five paces away from her. This exercise is more a test of the dog remaining in the position that she has been left in for the whole minute.

7. Grooming
Ellie had to be groomed by me without making any fuss.

8. Examination of the Dog
Ellie had to demonstrate her ability to allow inspection of her body, mouth, teeth, throat, eyes, ears, stomach, tail and paws.

9. Return to Handler
Ellie had to be let off lead and return to me when I called her.

10. Responsibility and Care
I was asked various questions relating to responsibility and care of dogs.

It's been an exceptional ride with Ellie at all the training classes and the work has paid off. I'm so proud of her! Now we can focus on the silver. I just hope that we don't have to wait another year for the silver exam! :)


dawnie said...

WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! Excellent news!! Was there with her every second of the way in though and been chomping at the bit all night and morning waiting for the results. Congratulations to all of you. Am making some Tuna treats this weekend so will send her a special bag up. Big kisses to Ellie you clever special girl x

Anonymous said...

Well done Ellie ! Big congratulations to you all on her success.

Sam (TT)

Xsara ... said...

Congrats!! I am sooo happy for you. Big hugs to Ellie - now go get the silver :)

Sarah said...

Congrats! This is something I really want to do with my dog but he is currently so shy the examination part would fail us. Something to work towards for sure though!

The Dog Man said...

Thanks for the comment, Sarah.

The only thing any of can really do is practise, practise, practise. :)

Good luck!