CGC Test Item #9. Reaction to Distractions
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations.
This test requires one sound distraction and one visual distraction. Both distractions must be some type of medical equipment. Sound distractions might include a dropped crutch, walker, or a metal item. A visual distraction might include someone walking around the team using a walker, wheelchair, or pushing a rolling a cart.
The handler will stand with the dog by his/her side. The dog may be sitting or standing. A person will drop one of the sound distractions no closer than 5 feet from the dog. The evaluator will let the youth know when the object is being dropped. The visual distraction shall be no closer than 5 feet from the 4-H PetPALS team.
The dog may show casual interest and may appear slightly startled. The dog may jump slightly but not panic and try to get away. The dog may attempt to walk forward to investigate the distractor. Dogs that urinate or defecate should not pass. Dogs who growl or lunge at the distractor should not pass. An isolated bark is okay, but dogs that continue to bark should not pass. The youth may praise and encourage the animal during the test.
In this video clip the Corgi is aware of the wheelchair and visually follows it, but is not bothered by its presence. The Corgi flinches a little at the dropping of the walker, but does not appear afraid or disturbed.
In this video clip the Lab is aware of the wheelchair and visually follows it, but is not bothered by its presence. The Lab looks at the dropping of the walker, but does not appear concerned.