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The Canine Good Citizen Program

By launching the Canine Good Citizen Program in 1989, the American Kennel Club established a training benchmark, for both pet dogs and their owners, that represents a solid, basic foundation for the well-adjusted dog. The tests involved in the Canine Good Citizen Certification represent the facets of dog behavior that are important in the home environment, social situations, and even veterinary visits.

Although the program establishes training goals and works with other organizations and local governments to encourage the adoption of their standard, it is the certification exam that they are most known for. In fact, obtaining the Canine Good Citizen Certification is a prerequisite for some assistance and therapy dog organizations, and it is considered the starting point for other obedience and performance events.

Who Can Take the Certification Tests?
Any dog, whether purebred or mixed breed, can take the tests and obtain Canine Good Citizen Certification. The only requirement is that the have all necessary vaccinations and boosters, including rabies, so there is an implicit minimum age for participation. Additionally, the program encourages owners who obtain certification with a puppy to re-test when the dog reaches adulthood, to make sure the training and behavior is maintained through the normal behavioral changes that occur as a dog matures.
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Recent Visitor Comments
Irish Terrier
To Train or not to train. for an Irish Terrier puppy, it will be well advised to find an experienced terrier trainer. Balance with proper socialization early on in your puppy's life. Get your puppy accustomed to nail trimming and grooming now. You don't necessarily need to groom an I.T. puppy, but get them used to the feel of a smooth soft bristle baby brush (for example). If you wait until later, it will not go as smoothly.

Irish Terrier
Choosing an Irish Terrier puppy with a sweet temperament is important, but no guarantee forever. Be very wise when introducing to other dogs, make sure they are also very nice dogs. If exposed to aggressive behavior, an Irish Terrier will of course defend itself, and there will be no turning back. Avoid situations where your pup is forced to defend itself. That is your job, to keep your puppy safe at all times and in every situation.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Recently we rescued of Glen of Imaal from our local SPCA. She is 4 yrs old and is a very focused little girl. A mind of her own, not real affectionate, but very loyal at the same time. She has trained me well.

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Featured Breed -

Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin Belgium
Life Expectancy 12 - 15 yrs
Height Range 7 - 8 in
Weight Range 8 - 10 lbs
Colors Red, beige, black & tan, or black. No white hairs or markings
Trainability Can be good with a skilled and patient trainer; they tend to be stubborn
With Children Good with older children; can be nervous around overly active younger children
With Animals Very good; does well with other dogs and cats
Climate Intolerant of cold weather
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor with some outdoor time preferred; can do well in apartment/condo
Exercise Reqd Moderate to high; walks and play time are sufficient
Grooming Reqd Proper coat requires regular brushing and hand stripping by a knowledgeable groomer.
Brussels Griffon Information
The Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dog named for the griffin, a mythological animal, which it is said to resemble. The Brussels griffon seems to have descended from a dog used by 17th-century Belgian peasants to rid their stables of rats. The ancestry of the modern breed includes the Affenpinscher, the Smooth-Coated Pug, and the Ruby Spaniel.

Conformation

Brussels Griffons have distinctive short, upturned faces, large, round heads, short noses, and unusually large and prominent black eyes. The male Griffon from 7 to 12 pounds. The female is slightly larger.

Disposition

The Brussels Griffon is intelligent, alert, sensitive, and full of self-importance with an almost human expression.

They are inside pets, good with other pets and children of all ages.

There are two types of coats, rough and smooth. They come in colors of Beige, Black, Black and Beige and Red.

Courtesy of Kelly Crawford, KMC-Kennels.
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
What's the coolest dog name you ever heard?
This Week's Question:
Do you think dogs can read our emotions?
We met a couple at the pet supply store who's dog was named ""Ed."" You know a dog named Ed is gonna be cool!
Ed from Ft Worth, TX, USA
I think the coolest dog name EVER is ""Strudel."" Probably has to be a German dog, though, like a German Shepherd.
Callie from Ann Arbor, MI, USA
I have heard some good ones over the years but I rather like my own. Three of them are Veruca, Sweeney (Todd) and Ellen Degeneres.
Jessica from Hawley, PA, USA
Riverstead's Mad Dog Skull Cap ""Deogie pronounced D.O.G.
Anonymous from Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
biscuit
allan from bangalore, karnataka, India
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