It's been quite an exciting few months for Indy. Just before his first birthday in September, he earned his very first title in APDT Rally. Indy quickly followed that success with his AKC Beginner Novice Obedience and Rally Novice titles.
Tonight, Indy became a Canine Good Citizen! The CGC tests things like accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, grooming, loose-leash walking, walking through a crowd, sit and down on command, recall, reaction to another dog, reaction to distractions, and supervised separation. Indy did a nice job on all elements of the test.
At the same time, we also took the Therapy Dogs International test, which incorporates the CGC exercises and adds things like visiting with a crowd of people with canes, crutches, walkers, etc., leaving food that's on the ground, a startling noise, and a "rescue," where someone pretends to fall down and they gauge the dog's reaction. Indy was very tender and compassionate, and I'm proud to say that he passed the Therapy Dog test with flying colors! In a section for comments, the evaluator wrote that Indy is a "Sweet, obedient dog"!
Of all the titles that our dogs have earned, the Therapy Dog title is the one that I'm most proud of and brings me the most joy, so I'm thrilled that Indy will join Tess and Jazz as a Therapy Dog. I think he'll do a phenomenal job.