Artful and Kind understanding Of Dogs
Canine Good Citizen
The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program provides an excellent foundation for training in other fun activities such as Rally, Obedience, and Agility and results in a well-mannered dog who is a joy to live with. Some therapy dog groups require passing the CGC Test as a prerequisite, some insurance companies recommend CGC training, and an increasing number of apartments and condos are requiring CGC training for resident dogs.
The purpose of the CGC test is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community. Dogs become respected members of their communities when they are trained to act mannerly in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. All dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds, are embraced and welcomed in the Canine Good Citizen program.
Dogs that have passed the CGC test should not be confused with service dogs. Service dogs help people who have disabilities. CGC dogs do not have the same access to public places as service dogs.
The American Kennel Club urges all dog owners to participate in this program, thereby assuring that our beloved dogs will be welcome and respected members of the community.
More about CGC here.
Pet Dog Ambassador
The Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) Program is a program for dog guardians to test their knowledge, skills, and ability to manage their canine companion(s) in real life settings. The aim of the program is to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that guardians and their dogs undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable.
Agility dogs, show dogs, obedience dogs and many other dog sports competitors gain titles as an acknowledgment for the hours of dedicated training undertaken, and rightly so. We want to take nothing away from their efforts. The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) firmly believes that pet dogs and their people also deserve similar accolades. This program recognizes these efforts from a puppy's very early training and aims to encourage guardians to continue training and developing new skills, abilities, and knowledge.
All dogs are welcome to start in the PDA program age four months or older. Keep in mind not all dogs are PDA material, such as very reactive dogs or anxious dogs. If you have a dog you are unsure about you can always check out KAS tutoring programs to get help with reactivity or anxiety.
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