This week, as we continue our class to become a certified Therapy Dog Team, Smudge had to take the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test.
During the test, I was thinking that humans should have to pass something similar.
Here are the basics of the test:
1. Accepting a friendly stranger - Humans should not ignore, run away from, snarl at, growl at or bite strangers.
2. Sitting politely for petting - Dogs should show no shyness or resentment. Humans should respect the personal space of those they are sitting with.
3. Appearance and grooming - Who hasn't had an experience where they wished a fellow human didn't spend more time on their grooming. (Or less…I'm talking to all of you people who douse yourself in perfume/cologne/aftershave!!)
4. Out for a walk - Right, left, about turn, stop. Basically obey the commands of the handler. For humans this means obeying traffic laws, allowing people in an elevator to exit BEFORE you try to cram yourself in, and allowing whoever is NEXT ON LINE to move to the new line when a cashier yells "next on line".
5. Walking through a crowd - Dog may show casual interest but not jump up when walking close to people. For humans this means no throwing elbows, pinching butts, shoving, crowding, or stomping on feet because you happen to be in a hurry.
6. Sit down on command/Staying in place - A skill all humans should master, especially when seeing any kind of show. Sit and stay. Don't disturb your neighbors by getting up to go pee, get a drink, or answer your phone.
7. Coming when called - Basically: do what your told.
8. Reaction to another dog - Be polite. You can show casual interest, but when you're just meeting someone, exchange pleasantries and then move on.
9. Reaction to distractions - Keep Calm and Carry On
10. Supervised Separation - Don't panic when the one you love leaves the room (or your world). They'll probably come back. If they don't, someone else will surely be there to feed, pet and love you.
So what do you think? Could you pass a Good Citizen Test?
If you have a dog, could he or she? (The link is here for a better explanation.)
Do you know people who couldn't pass the test? (I do!)