On June 16, members of the Clearwater Dog Obedience Club braved heavy rains to participate in a final testing for their pets. The test was for the Canadian Kennel Club’s (CKC) Canine Good Neighbor certification, and was held next to the Rotary skate board park by the high school. Officiating was CKC Good Neighbor test evaluator Tina Colborne of Clearwater, who noted that the profits from the evaluation fees and concession were to be donated to the Bald Kids Rule – Helping Kids with Cancer Cope Foundation.
The Good Neighbor Dog certification recognizes that the dog is able to behave in an appropriate and safe manner in a variety of social situations, including negotiating crowds, approaching strange dogs and people, and good manners going through doorways; as well as displaying an ability to obey commands such as sit, stay, and come, and the ability to handle unexpected situations such as loud noises or visual distractions. Louis Creek resident and dog handler Jill Hayward also attended the testing to certify two of her own dogs and to learn more about the program.
Colborne said all of the dogs tested passed with outstanding results, and the handlers will receive certificates from the Canadian Kennel Club in the near future.
The event was the Clearwater Dog Obedience Club’s wind-up for the year; members noted that classes would be held again next year. Anyone wishing information on the club or future courses can call Tina Colborne at 250-587-6504 or Jocelyn Ripley at 250-674-4150.