A Collection of Images from Canine Good Citizen Test In A Day For Dummies

The figures in this gallery are from Canine Good Citizen Test In A Day For Dummies and illustrate different commands you need to teach your dog in preparation for the Canine Good Citizen test. The images appear in the order that they appear in the book.

1

AKC S.T.A.R. puppy

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

The American Kennel Club offers the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program to get a young pup’s training started on the right paw.

2

Stay before eating

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

You can teach your dog to stay as part of his feeding routine.

3

Sitting for petting

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

Your dog has to sit politely for petting as one of the exercises on the Canine Good Citizen test.

4

Encountering another dog

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

One of the exercises on the Canine Good Citizen test determines how your dog reacts to other dogs.

5

Teaching the Sit command

Illustration by Barbara Frake

Use a treat and lots of praise to teach your dog to sit.

6

Beginning the Down position

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

Teach the Down command by first reaching under your dog’s forelegs.

7

Finishing the Down position

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

Gently lower your dog into the Down position.

8

Teaching Sit-Stay

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

You dog should hold his Sit-Stay position until you release him.

9

Sit-Stay signal

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

An open palm held at waist level facing your dog tells him to stay in place.

10

Holding the leash

Illustration by Barbara Frake

When teaching your dog how to walk on a leash, hold the leash in both hands at waist level.

11

Ignoring distractions

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

Your dog should pay attention to you, not other things in the environment, when you’re out for a walk.

12

Teaching the Come command

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

Two people are required to teach your dog to come when called.

13

Overcoming distractions

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

Your dog should come when called, no matter what else is around to capture his attention.

14

Teaching the Stand command

Photograph courtesy of Jack and Wendy Volhard

Train your dog to stand still by placing your right hand on his chest and your left hand in front of his hind legs.

15

Teaching the Shake trick

Illustration by Barbara Frake

Teaching your dog to shake hands helps him get used to having his paws handled.

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