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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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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 is your dog's strangest trick?
This Week's Question:
What breed do you think makes the best companion, and why?
My dog Katie will go get the newspaper every morning and take it out of the plastic bag!
Mary Beth from Detroit, MI, USA
We have a dog named Benjamin, and he won't take his vitamin unless we put it on his nose for him to flip up and catch.
Walt from MA, USA
I have trained my dog to jump rope and he loves it. Now he won't let my daughter jump rope by herself.
Jean-Paul from Nice, FRA
We taught Twinkie to carry a purse! Her treats are in there and she won't open the purse herself... she waits for us to open it and give them to her!
Ben from New York, NY, USA
Our dog Skipper pretends to fall off the sofa. He did once by accident and we cuddled him afterward so he started doing it over and over for attention.
Rhonda from Boulder, CO, USA
My dog learned how to skateboard! Well, getting there, anyway. She can ride it and push, but still working on steering...
Barrett from Norcross, GA, USA
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