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After the animals pass the test, they will receive the CGC award. Many CGC dogs go forth to become certified therapy dogs. Hospitals, nursing homes, children's facilities, cancer treatment centers and libraries are a few of the places where a visit from a nice dog like yours
HOW TO PASS
To pass the CGC test your dog needs to be able to sit,
The dogs need to remain in place when their owner stops to shake hands with a friendly stranger, and strolls past
The dog will relax quietly with a stranger while the owner goes out of sight for three minutes. The owner may pet, talk to, and remind the dog of the commands throughout the CGC evaluation.
TAKE THE CGC TEST: SUPPORT OUR SPCA
On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., I will be giving the AKC CGC test as a fundraising benefit for the Fredericksburg Area SPCA. The $20 test fee will be donated to help pets who wait for their forever homes at our SPCA (fburgspca.org). Would your dog like to join us and give the CGC test a try? Whether your dog performs all 10 of the test items or not, he will enjoy a fine car ride and outing among dog lovers who would love to see him pass the test. Training tips and a good time are promised.
Sarah A. Ferrell of Spotsylvania County; author of "Devoted To Dogs: How to Be Your Dog's Best Owner" (available at abroham neal.com or amazon.com) runs
Don't miss the dog event of the year! The 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show starts tonight. Tune in at 8 p.m. to CNBC, and Tuesday at 8 p.m. to the USA network to cheer for your favorite breed among the 3,200 dogs entered, representing 187 breeds AKC breeds.usanetwork.com/sports/west minsterdogshow