United Kennel Club Retriever Tests

The United Kennel Club (UKC) has three levels of retriever tests and titles for retriever breeds.  It includes Poodles in its definition of retriever breeds.
The Started test consists of four retrieves, two on water and two on land.  No animals are shot during this test.  The ducks, pigeons, pheasant,  and dove the dog retrieves are dead.  No shot flyers are…

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Taking the Canine Good Citizenship Test

The American Kennel Club (AKC) developed the Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) test in 1989 to encourage dog owners to train basic obedience and to give them a way to show their dogs behaved politely.  The test consists of ten tasks.  The dog must pass all parts of the test to earn the CGC title.  The ten tasks are as follows:

Accepting…

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How to Teach Your Dog Place

Do you sometimes wish you could tell your dog to lay in a place and know he will stay there, comfortably, for long periods of time?  You need to teach your dog “place”.  This concept is different than down or sit in that the dog can move about to get comfortable, can sit, stand, or lay down, but must stay…

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Golden Retriever asleep on the floor