Do You Want Your Dog to be Welcomed with Open Arms?

 Just back from Louisiana Kennel Club meeting tonight - the topics discussed: New Orleans show at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner August 4-7, 2011 (see events for more info), Canine Good Citizen Test, and STAR Puppy Program.

Canine Good Citizen, or CGC as it is referred to, is an actual title issued by the American Kennel Club (AKC). It is much more than a piece of paper- dogs who have CGCs are more likely to be allowed in apartment buildings or by landlords and their owners less likely to be dropped by homeowner's. I heard tonight that some homeowner's insurance companies are deeming any dog over 40 lbs potentially dangerous, and you know what? I really can't argue. People have gotten so ridiculous with breeding irresponsibly that it has come to such crazy lengths for responsible breeders.  Please click here to view the brochure. It's a series of exercises conducted by a certified tester. Among behaviors tested are greeting a friendly stranger, coming when called, being clean and accepting of quick brushing, being petted by friendly stranger, and (a tough one) leash being held by someone else for 3 minutes with owner out of sight. Many organizations conduct a prep class prior to testing. This is in EVERY dog owner's best interest and the investment is quite small compared to the return.

AKC STAR Puppy Program - An acronym for "Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility." This is a pre- canine good citizen class for younger dogs and an excellent forerunner to basic good behavior. if you want a dog who is well-received, will be allowed to go and live where you live, will not be a burden or embarrassment, and will be well-adjusted, then this is an excellent way to get started with great guidance, and your efforts will be recognized. Furthermore, you will be that much closer to a CGC title - a win-win-win for you, your breeder (or shelter), and of course, your beloved dog.

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