Canine Good Citizen

Our latest project is getting our dog Gunner certified as a Canine Good Citizen. A little background on why this is so important to me:

Growing up I had 2 wonderful Dobermans and a Rottweiler. People would sometimes make comments on our Dobermans “Oh I hear their brains swell and it makes them go crazy” or “I cannot believe you have those 2 big dogs around your daughter, aren’t you afraid they will attack?” My dad would usually just tell them, “We have Dobermans because they eat kids and turn on their masters.” That seemed to shut them up quickly. Our dogs all went to some type of obedience training. My parents set a great example on being responsible pet owners. So naturally I grew up loving dogs. When we adopted Gunner we knew that we wanted him to have some obedience training.

I started doing research and found the AKC Canine Good Program. If you haven’t heard of it before:

Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel ClubMany dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you’ll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events.

In a little over one decade, the Canine Good Citizen Program has begun to have an extremely positive impact in many of our communities. This is a program that can help us assure that the dogs we love will always be welcomed and well-respected members of our communities.

(Check out http://www.akc.org for more information)

American Staffordshire Terriers and other Bully Breeds get a bad rap! Just like Dobermans did several years ago. So what better way to show the world what an amazing dog Gunner is then have him complete CGC classes. Last week was his first class and he did amazing! We were very proud of our boy. And wouldn’t you know all 6 of the dogs in the class are Bully Breeds. I am excited for our class tomorrow. I couldn’t end this post without pictures, so for your viewing pleasure, Gunner.

Enjoy your weekend!

XOXO,

Erin

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