DOG OBEDIENCE: COMMUNITY CANINE & URBAN CANINE
Apr 11 - May 23 (Thursday)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
From Apr 11, 2019 to May 23, 2019
Each Thursday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This activity is closed to further registration.
Prerequisite: Dog should already have Canine Good Citizen Certification.
This is not a beginners dog obedience class
Ages: Dogs 6 months and older
Humans: Handlers must be at least 7yrs old, but ages 7-15yrs must have an adult remain on site.
The AKC's newest level of achievement for your dog!
This class will introduce you to the requirements of the Community Canine & Urban Canine Certifications.
The Community Canine demonstrates obedience in an everyday setting - such as handler being able to carry a box / bag of groceries and walk the dog (without pulling).
The Urban Canine demonstrates obedience in a city setting around traffic, street crossings, and other city noise / distractions.
If you're ready for the next step in your dog's obedience training, then sign up TODAY!
At the end of class the Community Canine and / or the Urban Canine test will be offered. It is your choice to take the test if you feel you & your dog are ready.
This class is open to pure-bred or mixed-breed dogs.
Community Canine Tests (CGCA):
Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner:
-sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork, or,
-if the test is done in the community, dog waits while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with
another person (e.g., at a park)
Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring)?does not pull.
-fast and slow pace
Walks on loose leash through a crowd
-at a show or in class, this item is tested in a real crowd, not in a ring
-in the community, dog walks on sidewalk, through a crowd at a community fair, park, on a trail, through a busy hallway, etc.
Dog walks past distraction with other dogs present; does not pull.
This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd, etc.
-at a show or class, dog walks by dogs waiting in the crowd dogs 2 ft. apart
-in the community, dog walks by other dogs on a trail, sidewalk, in a hallway, etc.
Sit/stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation. Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds)
Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it. Person asks "May I pet your dog?" (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)
"Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."
This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or on the ground in a food dish with a wire cover as in Rally.
Down or sit stay - distance (owner's choice).
Dog is on 20ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog.
Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20?ft. (off center) and calls dog.
Dog is on the 20ft. line from #8 above.
Dog will sit or stand stay (owner's choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.
Owner may also choose to
1) send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the owner, or
2) the owner may choose to have the dog go through the doorway at the owner's side.
Whichever method is used, the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. Think of the handler having the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
Doorway or gate can be real or simulated with ring gates, two chairs, or a natural passageway (e.g., entrance to trail) in the community.
To pass the CGCA test, dogs must pass all 10 items of the test.
AKC Urban Canine Test Items (CGCU):
Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings. Exit building to start test, additional Public buildings items are below.
Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk. -People come toward the dog from 1-ft. away. -Tolerate distractions (people wearing hats, coats, men, women, etc).
Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces. Examples: -Noises: horns, sirens, construction noise, etc.
-Moving objects: skateboard, bike, carts, person running
-Surfaces: concrete, grass, grates, plastic tarp, wet sidewalk
Crossing street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner). Crosses street under control.
Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).
Person walks up and pets the dog. May be carrying an item such as a small dog in a bag, a computer bag, etc. Person does not put the bag down to pet the dog.
Public Building (that is dog friendly). Walks under control in building (slick surface, carpeted floor). Down stay (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area, or waits while owner has a meal or snack.
Stairs, steps, or elevator under control. -Steps (at least 3 - up and down)
-Elevator (Enters under control, exits, rides under control)
Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living. Owner may verify this item. Evaluator may also observe in public buildings, or have observed in training classes.
Transportation. Owner?s choice depending on transportation needs. -Car. Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)
-Subway. Small dog in bag for ride. (large dogs are not always permitted; know and abide by the Transit Policies in your area).
-Dog friendly (enters/exits or allows to be put in/taken out) under control.
To pass the CGCU test, dogs must pass all 10 items of the test.
Please remember to have a plain buckle or clip collar, a 4' or 6' leash (no flexi or extendable leashes), and small soft treats or a toy to reward your dog. A mat for your dog is sit on is also recommended (like a bath mat with a non-skid backing).
Bring a copy of your dog's current immunizations record to first class and a copy of your dog's Canine Good Citizen Certification.
FEE $110.00 PER DOG
10% for Seniors (55+) - applies automatically when registering online
20% for adopted dogs, ****must show copy of adoption contact****
discount must be applied prior to registering.
To Receive Adopted Dog Discount:
either stop by the parks & recreation office to register OR
Email Parks@CulpeperCounty.gov or fax (540-727-2802) a copy of your adoption contact to the office. Then YOU must CALL (540-727-3412 ext 4 or 5) to register over the phone with a credit card to complete your transaction and reserve your space to receive the 20% discount.
Register the handler for this class. There is a place on the registration page for your dogs information.
Any female dog coming into season (estrus), or that is in season cannot attend any dog obedience classes until at least 7 days after visible discharge has stopped.
Any dog that displays aggression and is not under the control of the owner/handler, at the instructor's discretion, can be asked (can be required) to withdraw from the class.
Dogs 6 months & up -
Handlers age 7 & up (under 16 w/ adult)
Must bring vaccination record to first class.
Lenn Park, 19206 Edwin Way, Culpeper
Betty Ann Howell
Culpeper County Parks and Recreation Department