As­sess­ing ca­nines

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The stage is set for a dif­fer­ent kind of dog show at Ngati­toa Do­main next week.

While train­ers will be ex­pected to keep their pooches well-groomed, the skills be­ing judged at the Ca­nine Good Cit­i­zen as­sess­ment on March 14 go well be­yond ap­pear­ance.

Dogs will be judged on: good tem­per­a­ment; po­lite and con­trolled walk­ing through public ar­eas with var­i­ous dis­trac­tions; good man­ners around food or when meet­ing strangers and dogs; po­lite ve­hi­cle travel and ba­sic calm stay skills if tied up and left for a short pe­riod unat­tended.

The New Zealand Ken­nel Club ad­min­is­ters the cer­ti­fi­ca­tions which recog­nise dogs that are well be­haved, in con­trol and a pos­i­tive part of the com­mu­nity.

Ti­tahi Bay Ca­nine Obe­di­ence Club, which is host­ing the event, reg­u­larly con­ducts do­mes­tic and com­pe­ti­tion dog obe­di­ence train­ing at its club grounds on the edge of the do­main.

Club spokesman Ge­off Collins said he saw the certificate pro­gramme as a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion from their reg­u­lar pet dog obe­di­ence train­ing classes.

‘‘ Train­ing for the Ca­nine Good Cit­i­zen ex­er­cises en­cour­ages the sort of be­hav­iour that dog own­ers would ide­ally like to have from their dogs and that non dog own­ers can also ap­pre­ci­ate,’’ Mr Collins said.’’

Sev­eral dog con­trol au­thor­i­ties in the re­gion dis­count reg­is­tra­tion for a Cgc-ti­tled dog.

En­try for the event closes in ad­vance and dogs do not have to be mem­bers of the NZKC or the TBCOC to be el­i­gi­ble. But they must be reg­is­tered with their coun­cil, have un­der­taken some form of recog­nised train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the as­sess­ment and be more than 12 months old. Peo­ple (prefer­ably with­out dogs) are wel­come to come along and ob­serve. The event be­gins at 6pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ge­off Collins on 477 6369.

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