DAMARISCOTTA — Does your dog have what it takes to be a “Canine Good Citizen?” The AKC Canine Good Citizen Test will be administed this year at Woofstock 2012 on Saturday, September 8 at the Damariscotta River Association, 110 Belvedere Rd., from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Center Ring, and throughout the day at the Sheltie Rescue table, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The test is being offered by Kennebec Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club & Rescue, one of the 14 participating rescues at Woofstock. The fee for the test is $10 per dog. All proceeds from the CGC test will be donated to Sheltie rescue. The fee is waived for dogs currently in rescue and/or being fostered.
According to the American Kennel Clubb (AKC) website, the Canine Good Citizen program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Areas evaluated on the test include: Accepting a Friendly Stranger, Sitting Politely for Petting, Appearance and Grooming, Walking on a Loose Lead, Walking Through a Crowd, Sit/Down/Stay, Coming When Called, Reaction to Another Dog, Reaction to Distraction, and Supervised Separation.
Dogs must be on leash, and no training or electronic collars are permitted during the test. All dogs who pass the Canine Good Citizen test will receive a certificate.
For more information about the Canine Good Citizen test, visit www.akc.org/events/cgc.
This year at Woofstock, in addition to Canine Good Citizen testing, the event will feature Agility, Flyball, Rally Obedience and Disc Dog demos, shelter & rescue groups, pet games and services, pet-related vendors, raffles, Food Tent (King Eider's) and Kids’ Tent, all to benefit New England shelters and rescues. Admission is $10 per person and children under 12 are free. Childcare available on-site.
Woofstock is presented by The Animal House, located at 15 Coastal Marketplace in Damariscotta. For more information about Woofstock, visit www.woofstockmaine.com.