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Perfect Pet Certificate

In person Trial fee for the Perfect Pet Certificate is $45.00 + HST per attempt (trial dates TBA). This is an in person only event.

CCSD Perfect Pet Certificate

The Perfect Pet Certificate tests your dog on a variety of skills including socialization, obedience, and manners.  This is a non-competitive test, open to all dogs over the age of 6 months old.

During exam, the dog must demonstrate a calm and confident demeanor. Handlers are permitted to give verbal commands or hand signals, but are not allowed to repeat commands, lure, distract, or correct during the exam.  Food rewards are permitted after each test. In addition to the 10 skills to be demonstrated, dog must appear to be in good health, clean and groomed regularly.

The Perfect Pet Certificate Test

The test is comprised of 10 skills:

  1. Greet and accept touch from a stranger
    • Dog must politely greet and accept petting from a stranger. Handler may ask the dog to sit but it is not required. Handler may not give further commands.
  2. Walk loose leash through distractions
    • Dog must demonstrate their ability to walk past distractions while maintaining a loose leash. Handler may use a “heel” command but is not permitted to attempt to distract the dog. Dog may look at distractions, but must not stare for more than 3 seconds or show signs of excitement or distress.
  3. Sit on command and stay
    • Dog must respond to the first command. Handler may use the word stay only once, and dog must stay in place for 2 minutes with the handler 6 feet in front of the dog. Dog must ignore mild distractions like people, and dogs moving around the room no closer than 15 feet.
  4. Down on command and stay
    • Dog must respond to the first command. Handler may use the word stay only once, and dog must stay in place for 2 minutes with the handler 6 feet in front of the dog. Dog must ignore mild distractions like people, and dogs moving around the room no closer than 15 feet.
  5. Come on command
    • Handler is to put the dog in a sit, unclip the leash, and walk away from the dog to 30 ft. Dog must maintain the sit while handler walks away. Once at 30 feet the handler will call the dog to front with a sit. Dog must maintain the sit until they are leashed up and released.
  6. Leave it command
    • Dog is permitted to sit or stand, handler will toss food no further than 3 feet from the dog and give the “leave it” command. Dog must display an understanding of leave it and not move towards the food for 30 seconds. Handler to pick up the food from the floor.
  7. Walk through doorway
    • Dog must present manners going through 2 doorways, one indoors and one leading to outdoors. Dog must be beside or behind handler while walking through.
  8. Separation from handler
    • Handler is to hand the leash over to the evaluator and leave the room. Dog must remain calm and not display discomfort or anxiety and not display anything more than mild agitation.
  9. Relax by feet
    • Handler is to sit down on a chair and may ask the dog to down (command not required). Dog must display the ability to lie quietly and calmly by the handler’s feet for 5 minutes. Whining, circling, pacing, barking is not permitted.
  10. Examination
    • Evaluator will perform a basic exam on the dog by touching the body, legs, feet, ears, mouth, and tail (mock vet exam). Dog must accept with showing no more than mild agitation.
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