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I can't believe it's finally over with...

I know that to many of you, who have been training and competing for years and years, the CGC is no big deal and nothing really to get crazy over. But, being Marge is my first (shy) dog, she is very special to me, and this milestone that we reached tonight really means a ton.

Marge was just outright brave tonight. A dog who used to spook and growl at all new people allowed a total stranger to feel all over her head, neck and back, and even timidly allowed the inspection of her paws (that was definitely our rough spot on the test; I wasn't sure if we were going to make it through the paw exam).

The rest of the exam went off without a hitch. Marge totally outperformed herself. Even if it was just a silly little CGC, she made me so proud, walking on a perfectly loose leash, listening to all my commands and above all, trusting me.

I heard a couple of the other dogs whining during the supervised separation. Oh no, I thought, it's definitely her. I had realized days before the test that I didn't spend enough time practicing that, and there just wasn't time to make it all up. Yet, it wasn't Marge whining; Marge was in a down-stay next to a person she is only passing acquaintances with, and stayed just like that for the whole three minutes.

My mom had tears in her eyes at the end of the test when the evaluator came up to me and said "Congratulations," and I'm not ashamed to admit that I did, too. I have never felt closer to Marge and I feel like this is just the beginning of a long and loving relationship between the two of us.

Here she is, waiting to eat her reward for a job well done, half a piece of cheeseburger (would've been more, but I don't want to wake up to any surprise poops!)



I love my girl. And I think tonight proved that she loves me, too.
 

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It is absolutely something to be proud of. Congratulations! :D

I want to do it with Uallis at some point. He needs a bit more practice (lol)...the separation test...we would fail...that isn't his strong suit either. Also, he needs some work on his reaction to distraction...The last time he was at Lowe's, someone dropped some lumber on the floor and Uallis jumped a foot in the air and tucked his tail...so he still needs some work. :rolleyes:
 

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Congratulations to you and Marge! Yippee! We've had Mayzie, our shy dog, for 3 weeks now and your story gives me hope that maybe that will be our girl one day. Thank you so much for sharing and again, CONGRATS!
 

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Yay, congrats! :)

Now, on to rally with you! :p

(Seriously! Rally is fun! And for a lot of shy dogs, it's easier in some ways than the CGC, because they don't have to get touched by or interact with a stranger. :))
 

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Thank you so much everyone. Training for the CGC has been fun and a lot of hard work. The hardest part was finding people to help out with petting and handling. If I could just have people at my disposal, I don't think Marge would be afraid of ANYONE anymore. LOL :D

Thank you Dogstar! Its on to Beginner Agility for Marge, first, though I do want to do Rally. I know people usually go the other way around, but I know Marge is absolutely going to love Agility. So I decided I'd do what she wants and keep up the basic obedience training that she has now in the meantime. I thought about doing them at the same time but that'd be just too much time and money for me right now.
 

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way to go Marge (and MM, for all the work you put into her to get here there).....isn't it a great feeling to know that they have that trust and love for us?...so unconditional...
 

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Congratulations! I know how you feel, I was almost in tears when Pebs and I passed. It is just such a great feeling to know that you work together as a team and trust each other enough to accomplish something like the CGC.
 

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You have every right to be proud of Marge - and yourself! Get excited and announce it to the world: your dog is a canine good citizen!

Congratulations to you both! What a great team!!! :D
 

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yay!! Great work!! You should be very proud of both of you! That's something I want to get with Bayley. So now I'm inspired to work harder with her!
 
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