Responsible dog owners put forth plenty of effort to train their furry companions proper manners when they are at home, or even walking about in public. If you think that your pet’s etiquette is worthy of recognition, then perhaps you should consider taking it to a Canine Good Citizen Program. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the program consists of a 10-step test ranging from sitting politely and walking through a crowd to basic commands and meeting appearance standards. Those canines that successfully pass the test will receive an AKC recognized title.
Although the evaluator provides a 20-foot lead for the test, dog owners are encouraged to equip their dogs with well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. In addition, pinch and electronic collars are not permitted. The AKC also wishes to remind owners that: “any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack a person or another dog is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.” (http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/training-testing/)
For those individuals interested in having their canine’s manners officially evaluated, here are some more details regarding this event:
- Time – 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Date – Sunday, Feb. 26
- Location – 12950 N. 7th St. (North Mountain Visitor Center)
- Cost – $20 per test per dog ($10 deposit is required before the event to reserve the spot)
- Contact – Leslie Spencer-Snider at 602-861-9256 or 602-679-1955