Author Archives: Canine Good Citizen

About Canine Good Citizen

AKC Canine Good Citizen Director, Author of the AKC's official CGC book, "CITIZEN CANINE"

Google Headquarters Dogs Pass CGC Test

They’re smart. They’re hip. They’re cutting edge. All of these descriptors apply to both the employees of Google and their dogs who recently passed the Canine Good Citizen test. At Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, employees may bring their … Continue reading

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Resource Guarding Revisited

As a follow-up to last week’s blog on resource guarding, Charlotte Mallion presents her approach to dealing with this problem. By Charlotte Mallion, Guest Author                               … Continue reading

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Preventing Resource Guarding: The Protective Puppy

If you notice that your puppy is beginning to protect her toys, bed, balls, food, and other prized worldly possessions, she is starting to do what animal behaviorists call “resource guarding.”   As with many behavior problems, the best solution for … Continue reading

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Training Tips From the 1950′s

Just when I thought I was tired of Facebook, during the holidays a few months ago, Facebook gave me a great reinforcer. Through the miracle of the internet and social media, I found a friend who lived next door to … Continue reading

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Service Dogs & CGC: The Importance of Respecting the Rights of Disabled People

By Guest Author, Barbara Handelman, M.Ed., CDBC Passing the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test is a worthy goal and a significant accomplishment for pet owners.  Well-socialized dogs with basic obedience training are more apt to live out their lives in … Continue reading

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AKC Community Canine: Most Common Problems in the Community

AKC Community Canine is the new advanced level of the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test can earn the “CGCA” title. When it came time to develop the CGCA test, we wanted a … Continue reading

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“Stop Barking! I’m on the Phone!”

I can think of at least three friends or relatives whose dogs bark when they are talking on the phone.  The conversation usually goes like this…”And then she said…BRUNO!!!  STOP BARKING!…anyway, she said she would be coming to the party…BRUNO! … Continue reading

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Puppies for Parole

By: Guest Author, Sandra Redford, AKC Approved CGC Evaluator and Unity Hospice Pet Therapy Volunteer In the Puppies for Parole program, we will be sending seven dogs from the shelter into prison for a 13-week course designed to help the … Continue reading

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Housetraining a Rescue Dog

For dog owners who ask about housetraining a new puppy, crate training is frequently suggested as an important part of housetraining. The idea is that dogs won’t want to soil the crate that they view as a den; they’ll want … Continue reading

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When Should You Start Training Your Puppy?

It used to be that trainers and veterinarians recommended that puppies begin training classes as soon as they were old enough to have all of their vaccines and boosters. What this meant was that some puppies didn’t get to class … Continue reading

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