Annual Christmas Parade, Deland Florida
Happy Howlidays! Lilly was in the annual Christmas parade in Deland last night. The training club that she belongs to had a float entered and all of the dogs were decked out in holiday outfits. She carried a rawhide candy cane for a while causing the crowd to cheer and point as she walked by...what a ham she is!
She made her first attempt at her CGC title in late October. In order to
receive the title she must pass a series of 10 tests and score a perfect
100%. She did fantastic except on test #9 which is:
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, or bark. The handler
may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.
The judge hit the clipboard that she was holding with a brush as she was
talking to me, making a loud noise. I think Lilly may have felt
threatened by this and she panicked. She was frightened and began to
bark at the judge. Ha ha, barking at the judge is a no no so we have been
working on this for the past month and will be trying for the title again very
soon. We are still thrilled with her performance and score of 90%! Yay Lilly!