Whose gay dog passed his first round of obedience class tonight? Why, that’d be mine. $80 later, my dog can do absolutely nothing he didn’t know before… but that’s okay. Not the point, right?
I actually have a goal for Little Riley Fancy Pants. And it’s this – the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC, for short). There’s a CGC test that dogs must pass before earning the title of an actual Canine Good Citizen. The test items are as follows:
- Accepting a friendly stranger.
- Sitting politely for petting.
- Appearance and grooming.
- Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead).
- Walking through a crowd.
- Sit and down on command and staying in place.
- Coming when called.
- Reaction to another dog.
- Reaction to distraction.
- Supervised separation.
So, yeah. Someone named Riley has his work completely cut out for him, especially considered he’s only got about three of those even close to being mastered.
And in case you thought it was mean, everyone else in his class thought the hula skirt idea was adorable. And because of the hula skirt, and my dog’s comfort level with wearing clothes, he didn’t have any problem at all when they put the graduation hat on him for pictures. I forgot my damn memory card, like an awesome pet-owner, but Roxie’s (the only dog that never tried to jump on Riley) mom took a picture for me and is going to email it to me. Sometime.