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WHAT IS THE AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN'S PROGRAM?

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program

What is it?

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program

Welcome to the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program. Started in 1989, CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you'll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events.

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program is one of the most rapidly growing programs in the American Kennel Club. There are many exciting applications of this wonderful, entry level that go beyond the testing and certifying of dogs.

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program

Many other countries (including England, Australia, Japan, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and Finland) have developed CGC programs based on the AKC’s CGC Program. A CGC Neighborhood Model has been established, police and animal control agencies use CGC for dealing with dog problems in communities, some therapy dog groups use the CGC as a partial screening tool, and some 4-H groups around the country have been using the CGC as a beginning dog training program for children.

A number of specialty (one breed only) clubs give the CGC at their annual national dog show. Dog clubs have discovered that the CGC is an event that allows everyone to go home a winner. Veterinarians have recognized the benefits of well-trained dogs and there are some CGC programs in place in veterinary hospitals. State legislatures began recognizing the CGC program as a means of advocating responsible dog ownership and 34 states now have Canine Good Citizen resolutions.

In a little over one decade, the Canine Good Citizen Program has begun to have an extremely positive impact in many of our communities. This is a program that can help us assure that the dogs we love will always be welcomed and well-respected members of our communities.


KC S.T.A.R. Puppies Shine at IKC

The International Kennel Club of Chicago shows were the place to be to witness 20 proud pups and their owners receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy™ award. Graduates who had completed the required 6 weeks of training classes and passed the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test were awarded the coveted gold Olympics style S.T.A.R. Puppy medal at the show.

Thanks to Louis Auslander and Sue Olsen of IKC who invited us to do the national media roll-out of AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy at their fabulous show, the S.T.A.R puppies really were stars at IKC. There was a professional photo shoot and coverage of AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy on NBC Channel 5.

"We were delighted with the variety of breeds that participated in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy award ceremony," said Noreen Baxter, Vice President of Communications. "From Min Pins to Mastiffs, the puppies at IKC showed that AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is a program for every dog."

In honor of the AKC’s 125th anniversary, among the 20 puppies honored was the 125th S.T.A.R. recipient, a Labrador Retriever named "Bode" who is owned by Bob Danon of Chicago. The Labrador is currently the most popular dog breed in Chicago according to AKC Registration Statistics. Other Chicago Labrador Retriever S.T.A.R. puppies honored at the show were "Doce," owned by David Cabreira and "Finn," owned by Daniela Weiner.

Local expert puppy trainers Wendy DeCarlo and Dennis Damon of the Dog Obedience Group trained the Labrador Retriever owners and pups on the S.T.A.R. skills and were present to see them receive their medals. "This is a great program," said DeCarlo. "Nearly all of our S.T.A.R. Puppy grads have decided to continue training and to pursue the Canine Good Citizen award as the next step."

Dr. Mary Burch, AKC CGC and STAR Director, commented on the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppies. "This was a fabulous weekend. I think the most gratifying part for me was seeing how the puppies behaved as a result of their training. There is a myth in the conformation world that you can’t teach a conformation dog to sit because it will sit in the ring. Every single one of the S.T.A.R. pups had learned to sit on command. The owners set them up for the photos, said, "Stay," and walked away. Every single one of them sat perfectly. I wanted to jump up and down and cheer. But wait, there’s more...all through the day, the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy owners would come up to the booth and show us the blue ribbons their dogs had won in conformation. They were winning their classes–it was just wonderful!"

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Welcome to the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Program!

At the American Kennel Club®, we’re not just champion dogs. We’re the dogs’ champion—all dogs. We believe that all dogs deserve training and a responsible owner and our goal is to reward responsible dog ownership.

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.

The Benefits of Training

Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Program.

S.T.A.R. Puppy

How It Works

When you complete a basic training class (taught by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator) with your puppy (up to 1 year old) your puppy is eligible to be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.

You'll attend any puppy or basic training class at least 6 weeks. Your instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the end of the course. Upon passing the test, you'll get an application to send to AKC® for enrollment in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. All dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program including purebreds and mixed breeds.

Your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal (for display or memento purposes; not suitable as a collar tag). You and your puppy will be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records. In addition, so that you can continue learning, you’ll receive our AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy package that includes:

  • A beautiful, frameable certificate designating your puppy is in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records at AKC
  • AKC Puppy Handbook, a valuable resource
  • Discount to enroll in AKC Companion Animal Recovery Corporation, a 24-hour recovery service
  • Ongoing Monthly Email Newsletter: Your AKC. This includes training tips and up-to-date information every dog owner needs to know. We want you and your puppy to continue learning beyond puppy classes.

How to Get Your Puppy in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

So that you can get started in your AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training, here are our AKC CGC Approved Evaluators.

American Kennel Club
8051 Arco Corporate Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
www.akc.org
(919) 233-9767

For more information on AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm, contact starpuppy@akc.org.


AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Program!

Test Items and Pledge

A key component of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysmsm Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge is for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Program too. Responsibility should start the moment you decide to add a new dog or puppy to your family. Program is a responsible owner. Our Canine Good Citizen

AKC CGCsm Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge

I will be responsible for my dog’s health needs. These include:

  • routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines
  • adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times
  • daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming

I will be responsible for my dog’s safety.

  • I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.
  • I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification when appropriate (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).
  • I will provide adequate supervision when my dog and children are together.

I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.

  • I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
  • I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.

I will be responsible for my dog’s quality of life.

  • I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.
  • I will give my dog attention and playtime.
  • I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.

20 STEPS To Success: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Test

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OWNER BEHAVIORS:

1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)
2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge
3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan
4. Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator
5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy
6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.

PUPPY BEHAVIORS:

7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class
8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
9. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice
10. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
11. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy

PRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® TEST BEHAVIORS:

12. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner
13. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
14. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
15. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away
16. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure
17. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure
18. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called
19. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away
20. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)


SMOTC S.T.A.R. PUPPY PROGRAM
CLASS SYLLABUS
CURRENT ADD FOR S.T.A.R. TESTING
Week 1:
• Crate training
• Settle
• controlled walking
Week 2:
• Sit
• Bite inhibition
• Leave it
Week 3:
• Down
• Dominance
• Spay & Neuter
Week 4:
• Coming when called
• Fears
• Off
• Quiet
Week 5:
• Grooming
• First Aid
Week 6:
• Obedience Demo
• Graduation Games
Week 1:
#1 - Shows proof puppy is in care of vet (shot records)
#3 – Owner describes exercise plan (discuss importance)
#9 – Puppy tolerates collar, harness, etc. (owner choice)
#10 – Owner can hug or hold puppy
#14 – Walks on leash, follows owner in straight line
#15 – Walks by other people
Week 2:
#7 – Free of aggression toward people
#8 – Free of aggression toward other puppies
#11 – Puppy allows owner to take away treat or toy
#16 – Sits on command (owner can use food)
Week 3:
#12 – Allows petting by someone other than owner (a)
#17 – Down on command (owner can use food)
Week 4:
#18 – Comes to owner from 5 ft
#19 – Reaction to distractions
#20 – Stay on leash with another person (b)
Week 5:
#6 – Owner has obtained some form of ID (e.g. tag)
#13 – Grooming (touching, doing actual grooming)
Week 6:
#2 – Puppy appears healthy & active for breed
#4 – Attends all 6 classes (c)
#5 – Owner brings bags for clean up to class
#7 – Free from aggression toward people
#8 – Free from aggression toward other puppies
(all exercises can be observed during all classes)
a) This can be evaluated during the “pass the puppy” portion of class.
b) This can be evaluated during the “puppy runaway recalls” portion of the class, when someone else is
holding the puppy.
c) If the puppy & owner are unable to attend all 6 classes, a “make up” can be done with the trainer to
review what they have missed (it could be as simple as stepping aside with the one of the instructors for a
few minutes at the next class). Or, if possible (i.e. the person knows they cannot attend a class), you can give
them the instructions for the week they will be missing, then review and test on it at a later class

AKC CGCsm Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge

I will be responsible for my dog’s health needs. These include:

  • routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines
  • adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times
  • daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming

I will be responsible for my dog’s safety.

  • I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.
  • I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification when appropriate (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).
  • I will provide adequate supervision when my dog and children are together.

I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.

  • I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
  • I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.

I will be responsible for my dog’s quality of life.

  • I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.
  • I will give my dog attention and playtime.
  • I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.