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Test #1 Discussion.
« on: October 08, 2006, 07:19:11 AM »

Quote from the AKC website:

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.


What skills must be taught to the dog to pass this test?

Why are these skills important for the family pet?

Why are these skills important for a working dog?

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Re: Test #1 Discussion.
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2007, 02:19:25 AM »
This skill is important for all dogs.  If the dog is being walked in the neighborhood or there are visitors in the home, the dog will encounter new people and should know how to handle himself around them.

When I was a kid my best friend, April, had a chihuahua named "Spunky."  April and I were wrestling around on the floor, tickling each other.  We both knew it was a game, but Spunky thought I was attacking April.  So he bit me.  If he had been more trusting of strangers he might have been able to see April was laughing and having fun instead of assuming she was being attacked.

Fortunately for me, Spunky was old and had no teeth.  It could have been very dangerous if Spunky had been larger or if he had teeth.  Even very small dogs can hurt someone badly enough to cause them to go to the emergency room.

It is important to teach your dog to be polite and confident when meeting new people.  It is just as important to always ask before petting someone else's dog, even if it appears friendly.
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