“Hello CGC, I just rescued a new dog and I am going to train him myself. I don’t know where to start. What should I teach him first?”
CGC Answer: As soon as I heard, “I don’t know where to start,” I asked the proud new owner if she would consider taking a CGC class. I talked about the benefits of socializing a dog and how she could make faster progress with an experienced instructor showing her how to teach skills. We found her an evaluator, she is in a class now and she’s written to say how well her dog is doing.
But, she brought up an interesting question. WHAT WOULD YOU TEACH A DOG FIRST?