How to Pass Part Eight of the Canine Good Citizen Test: Greeting Another Well-Behaved Dog Without Aggression or Excitement

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Here is a video to help your dog pass the Canine Good Citizen test was developed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1989 to promote good manners at home and in the community. Dogs that pass the test receive a certificate from the AKC.

Here are tips for passing Part Eight.

Difficulty:
Moderately Challenging

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Helper
  • Dog
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      Part Eight of the Canine Good Citizen test is one of the more difficult parts of the test. Your dog is required to approach another dog and the dog's handler. When the other handler is next to you, you have to have your dog sit at your side, shake hands with the other person, and then continue on your way.

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      Your dog is not allowed to jump on the other handler or dog. Your dog also has to be controlled and can't pull towards the other dog. Your dog also cannot show any signs of aggression towards the other person or dog.

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      Have a friend help you practice with this one. Start by having your friend approach you and your dog from about 20 feet away.

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      As your friend gets closer, keep your dog under control and then have your dog sit at your side while the other person is next to you.

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      Sometimes you need to practice just walking past the other person before you can do the sit command. If your dog gets real excited when she sees the other dog, practice just walking past each other.

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      As you get better control over your dog's behavior you can start to have him sit next to you.

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