March 1, 2012
Mac, Mounds, Mall
In the afternoon, we checked in with Chloe. After his regular feeding of Kix cereal (partially by hand) and water, Cooper led our group to Mounds. This was our first joint car trip with Cooper lying at Chloe's feet. We walked the aisles getting comfortable waiting for a "new" dog to enter. After fifteen minutes another canine entered the store as we were milling around the entrance - not as we planned, but life happens and we keep moving forward. She is not comfortable with other dogs, so we will try to add Monte to the equation on Friday.
After class, Lexy worked Cooper through a mock Canine Good Citizen test to acclimate her to the procedure. The team performed well and should have no trouble passing the test. Then it was time for dinner which I had brought with me. After some poor recalls recently, we decided to provide some re-training. We practiced RECALLs for hand fulls of dinner in the mall. It's amazing (not really) how much quicker he responds to DOWN and COME when I have a bag full of food. The food eliminated all the other distractions. Unfortunately, treats are not allowed for the CGC test.