Class Descriptions too

CGC class is one of our pride and joys at PoeticGold ( 180 $) . A Canine Good Citizen is a loved dog who has been taught many skills to live happily in our communities.  Jill is a STAR Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, and AKC Community Canine Evaluator, and often administers the test around the community.  It is important to take this course from an official evaluator. CGC is a worthy step toward Therapy Dog ceritifcation. The AKC Community Canine Test ups the ante and can be the second phase for those who enjoyed the course and would like to continue training.

Training/Testing: CGC Test Items

  • Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
  • Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
  • Test 5: Walking through a crowd
  • Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
  • Test 7: Coming when called
  • Test 8: Reaction to another dog
  • Test 9: Reaction to distraction
  • Test 10: Supervised separation


All tests must be performed on leash. For collars, dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. Special training collars such as pinch collars, head halters, and electronic collars are not permitted in the CGC test.

As of November 4, 2010, body harnesses may be used in the CGC test. The evaluator should check to make sure the harness is not of a type that completely restricts the dog’s movement such that it could not pull or jump up if it tried.

We recognize that special training collars such as head collars and no-jump harnesses may be very useful tools for beginning dog trainers, however, we feel that dogs are ready to take the CGC test at the point at which they are transitioned to equipment that allows the evaluator to see that the dog has been trained.

The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test. The owner/handler should bring the dog’s brush or comb to the test.


Owners/handlers may use praise and encouragement throughout the test. The owner may pet the dog between exercises. Food and treats are not permitted during testing, nor is the use of toys, squeaky toys, etc. to get the dog to do something. We recognize that food and toys may provide valuable reinforcement or encouragement during the training process but these items should not be used during the test.

Failures – Dismissals

Any dog that eliminates during testing must be marked failed. The only exception to this rule is that elimination is allowable in test Item 10, but only when test Item 10 is held outdoors.

Any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack a person or another dog is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.The American Kennel Club offers a certification/formal title open to all dogs (pure and mixed breed). The Canine Good Citizen is for those dogs who can perform all 10 of the CGC items. This class is also ideal for anyone who is thinking of doing therapy work with their dog. All dogs that pass the CGC test will receive a certificate from the AKC.

Control Unleashed ( 200$ for 6 weeks with Jill)

Leslie McDevitt’s versatile Control Unleashed® program is designed to help “dogs with issues” learn how to relax, focus, and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations.


At PoeticGold Farm, we believe in the usefulness and efficacy of “CU” for dogs who need to increase their owner-focus and impulse control- for future therapy and agility dogs as well has impulsive, “hyper”, or distracted dogs.
Dogs that are uncomfortable or unable to work off lead around other dogs
Dog that are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating
Dogs that are reactive or easily aroused
Dogs that are anxious or stressed and shut down
Dog that are unable to control their impulses when excited





Early Intervention

Tues Sept 29th with Nancy Freedman Smith
Poetic Gold Farm in Falmouth
6 wks $180

Early Intervention class has been developed by me to give you and your pups the tools needed to live in our world.

More dogs and cats are affected by behavioral problems than any other condition, often resulting in euthanasia, relinquishment of the patient, or chronic suffering.”
Studies show that 10 percent of puppies that were fearful during a physical exam at 8 wk of age were also fearful at 18 mo.Patients do not outgrow pathologic fear.”“Behavioral conditions are progressive. Early intervention is essential to preserve quality of life for both the patient and client and to provide the best chance of treatment success. – American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
Did your pup try to hide at puppy class while the other puppies frolicked?
Did your pup get bullied at puppy class and is now weary of other dogs?
Is your pup a rescue that missed out on the early socialization window?
Does your puppy come from a puppy mill?
Did you have a life event that kept you from introducing your puppy to all the things they should have seen before they were 4 months old?
Is your puppy weary of other dogs?
Is your puppy weary of strangers?
Does your puppy try to run home when you are out for a walk?
Did your dog have a traumatic event that he never seemed to bounce back from?
Is your dog from a hoarding situation?
Did your dog live outdoors before your got it?
Are you worried that your dog doesn’t seem to roll with change like your friend’s and family’s dogs?
Did your Vet tell you that your dog’s shyness is cause for concern?
Early Intervention is for you!
In Early Intervention class we focus on remedial socialization and we will give you the tools to help your dog be all that they can be.
You and your pup will learn coping skills, remedial socialization, shaping, and new training and management tools,
My techniques are all positive and all science based.
You can improve the quality of your dog’s life and in turn, your life together.




BRAVEHEARTS for shy and fearful dogs 180

Shy/fearful dogs often can’t enjoy common dog activities because of their anxieties. This class will teach you games and activities that you and your dog can do at home, and in other safe environments, to build confidence and provide mental and physical stimulation.  You will  learn  stress reduction and relaxation techniques along with new behaviors that will help  your dog  cope.

This class will also focus on simply providing the bonding time that you and your shy dog deserve. The classroom ambiance is not typical of a training class; every effort will be made to provide a supportive, calm and comforting environment to ease anxiety.



Recalls & Stays!

Prerequisite: Family Dog 1 or equivalent  The dogs  will already have a good understanding of basic obedience cues. You will strengthen your dog’s ability to respond to your cues in a variety of distracted environments and continue the work on proofing your dog’s understanding of the critical concepts – loose leash walking, stays for self control and coming when called.

The class concentration is on  the three D’s, Distance, Duration and Distraction.