The Canine Good Citizen Test: Sit, Down, and Stay
Tests six and seven show that the dog has training and will respond to your cues of “Sit,” “Down,” and “Stay.” Because you've practiced this in many different contexts, this will be a walk in the park for you.
Sit, Down, and Staying in Place
You can talk to your dog incessantly throughout the test. In fact, I recommend talking to your dog to relax both of you.
The tester will ask you to have your dog do a “Sit” or “Down.” As you already learned, you don't need to push or pull the dog into position, and these methods are not allowed during the test anyway.
Prior to this test, a 20-foot lead is attached to the dog's collar. After the dog does the “Sit” and “Down,” you will be instructed to ask the dog to “Stay.” You can do either a “Sit Stay” or a “Down Stay”—whichever your dog does better. Then you walk out to the end of the 20-foot line, turn around, and come right back. You can say “Stay, stay, stay” the entire time. You won't need to if you've trained properly, but if it makes you feel better, you can repeat the cues.
Coming When Called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called. While the dog is still on the 20-foot line, you will walk 10 feet away from her, telling her to “Wait” or “Stay.” Then you call your dog to you. You can use thigh slapping or verbal encouragement and can call the dog numerous times. However, you won't have to because you've trained her to respond on the first cue!
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