Dogs excel while raising funds for kids with cancer

The Good Neighbour Dog certification is to recognize that the dog is able to behave in an appropriate and safe manner

A group photo of everyone who participated in the Clearwater Dog Obedience Club’s CKC Canine Good Neighbour testing day on June 16 at the Rotary Park in Clearwater. Pictured (l to r): Dwayne Thiessen with Digby

A group photo of everyone who participated in the Clearwater Dog Obedience Club’s CKC Canine Good Neighbour testing day on June 16 at the Rotary Park in Clearwater. Pictured (l to r): Dwayne Thiessen with Digby

On June 16, the Clearwater Dog Obedience Club braved heavy rains to participate in their year-end windup, and the final testing for their pets.

The test was for the Canadian Kennel Club’s (CKC) Canine Good Neighbor certification, and was next to the Rotary skate board park by the high school.   Officiating was CKS Good Neighbour test evaluator Tina Colborne of Clearwater who noted that the profits from the evaluation fees and concession had been earmarked to be donated to the ‘Bald Kids Rule – Helping Kids with Cancer Cope Foundation’.

The Good Neighbour Dog certification is to recognize that the dog is able to behave in an appropriate and safe manner in a variety of social situations, including; negotiating crowds, approaching strange dogs and people, good manners going through doorways, display an ability to obey commands such as sit, stay, and come, and show the ability to handle unexpected situations such as loud noises or visual distractions. Louis Creek resident and dog handler, Jill Hayward, also attended the testing to certify two of her own dogs, and to learn more about the program.

Hayward said she was “quite enthusiastic” about incorporating the  CKC’s Canine Good Neighbor certification program into the Good Dog Obedience Classes she gives seasonally at the fall fair grounds in Barriere.

She noted her current obedience classes already cover all of the training needed for the Canine Good Neighbor certification.  “It will just be a matter of having my handlers and their dogs work on a few different exercises in preperation for the testing.  I think it will be fun for everyone, and receiving a certificate from the Canadian Kennel Club for passing the testing will be a special reward for all the hard work and time that a handler dedicates to their companion dog.”

Colborne said all of the dogs tested on June 16, passed with outstanding results, and the handlers will be receiving their certificates from the Canadian Kennel Club in the near future.

If you would like to learn more about dog behaviour and training you can contact Jill Hayward at 250-319-8023.  Hayward says her fall classes will be starting in mid-October of this year.