Preparing for Your Dogs Citizenship Test

In This Chapter

^ Understanding what it takes to be a Canine Good Citizen ^ Identifying the tests ^ Cramming for the tests ^ Helping you and your dog pass the test

7o demonstrate that Buddy has achieved the training level that you want for him, you may want to consider taking the Canine Good Citizen test. Many dog organizations offer it, and your local kennel club will know the particulars. You can locate the kennel club in the phonebook, or you can ask your vet, a dog groomer, or any obedience school.

The Canine Good Citizen test uses a series of exercises that checks the dog's ability to behave in an acceptable manner in public. Its purpose is to demonstrate that the dog, as a companion for all people, can be a respected community member and can be trained and conditioned to always behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs in a manner that reflects credit on the dog.

The test is unique in that it is the only American Kennel Club-sponsored activity that includes mixed-breed dogs. The concept of a Canine Good Citizen is based on the premise that all dogs should be trained. It's also an outreach program — to motivate dog owners and encourage them to go further in training their dogs.

This chapter shows you what you and your dog can do to prepare for the Canine Good Citizen test. The Canine Good Citizen is a window of opportunity to a variety of dog sports. When you and your dog earn a Canine Good Citizen Certificate, you have accomplished more than millions of other dog owners. Are you ready for the challenge?

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