Monthly Archives: March 2010

Choosing the Right Trainer For You

We’ve been talking about the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) programs. One of the most frequent questions we receive related to both of these training programs is, “How do I choose a good trainer for my dog … Continue reading

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Posting on AOL’s PawNation

Check out some of the recent questions I answered on AOL’s PawNation: Introducing a Puppy to an Older Dog Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Barking

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20 Steps to Success: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test

20 STEPS To Success: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test S.T.A.R is an acronym that stands for: Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner. These are all the things every puppy needs to have a good life. The 20 items on … Continue reading

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Ensuring that Every Puppy is a Star: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

Many first time puppy owners want to be responsible, but they just don’t know where to start. In January 2009, we expanded the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program to include a level for puppies. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program … Continue reading

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5 Reasons To Earn the CGC Award with Your Dog

We get this question nearly every day here at AKC…”Other than the certificate and beautiful gold Canine Good Citizen medal I can get, what are the benefits to training for CGC?” 1. We know you’re a responsible owner. Earning the … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Breed For You

In our new book, CITIZEN CANINE, we talk a lot about the Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge that is a key part of the Canine Good Citizen Program. Related to the Pledge, we receive calls and emails nearly every day from … Continue reading

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“Ask the AKC Animal Behaviorist” on AOL’s PawNation

I am also posting on AOL’s PawNation blog as one of their new columnists. “Ask the AKC Animal Behaviorist” will feature answers to your common (and not-so-common!) pet questions. The first column tackles the puzzling dilemma of “Why Does My … Continue reading

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