Going for Gold or Try, Try and Try again
Most members will know that I have always had gundogs and knew very little of living with small dogs. Amantra Toma (a.k.a. Daisy May) came to us in March 2010 after we lost our Tibetan Spaniel. Daisy was a small, quiet Japanese Chin but she wasn’t frightened of anything not even my daughter’s boisterous Dalmatians and Irish Setters.
At Bath Championship Show in May we entered the Bronze Good Citizen Dog and she passed only three months after she came to live with me! I decided to carry on through the grades and, much to everybody’s amusement, Daisy did something to make me look foolish with her antics.
Daisy does not like going outside in the wet and, as for sitting in it, WELL definitely NOT!
The Gold Good Citizen test is done outside and it has been a long struggle. To start with I needed catchers at times when she was way up the field on recall as my mobility isn’t as good as it was. Heel off lead was non-existent outside but middling to fair in the hall. Go to bed was OK but she usually chose the boxer’s bed. M Stop/down drop at distance was great inside but hopeless outside so I needed catchers to help. Eventually we improved.
We have taken Gold several times (I am embarrassed to say how many) and each time we failed on o different exercise. She knew what she was doing but just couldn’t get it all together same day.
On the actual test day it was wet and my heart sank but fortunately we did the test in the carpark because the grass was so long Daisy would have got caught up. All went well. Daisy was in a good mood. Everybody was rooting for us. The last exercise was the “A” recall. I had a moment of doubt as she came across in an S shape, carefully negotiating the puddles, but she did it and I was so proud!
I mentioned Daisy’s success to the President of the Japanese Chin Club of Great Britain. She was impressed as she had not heard of a Chin getting Gold Good Citizen before so we got a write up in the Chinwag magazine and on Facebook.
Daisy has also passed her assessment as a “Pets as Therapy“ dog and we go up to the stroke unit at the hospital so patients can see and stroke her.