Urban CGC Test Items

1 – Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings. Exit building to start test, additional Public buildings items are below. 2 – Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk. People come toward the dog from 1-ft. away Tolerate distractions (people wearing hats, coats, men, women, etc). 3 – Appropriate reaction to city … Read more

Test items AKC Community Canine (CGC-A)

Dogs must pass all 10 items of the test to receive the CGCA title. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner: sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork, or, if the test is done in the community, dog waits while the owner sits and has a snack … Read more

Do’s and don’ts for effective dog training

You can teach your dog to do many different things, but there are a few general guidelines that will help make sure your training goes well. The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Director Mary Burch offers the top tips for effectively training your four-legged friend. Do reward behaviors you like. Observe carefully when training … Read more

Puppy Places – Where to Socialize Your Puppy

Early experiences between the ages of 12 and 16 weeks are crucial to a puppy’s emotional development. Puppies need to meet dogs they have never met; people of all age and ethnicities; and environmental challenges, like automatic doors at shopping plazas, dust blowers, and the loud activity of an outdoor cafe. Ideas for Places to … Read more

Dog Park Guidelines

Dog parks may offer communities terrific opportunities to exercise their dogs. Well-exercised dogs usually have fewer behavioral issues related to boredom and inactivity than dogs who stay home and sleep all day. That said, poorly managed dog parks may present problems to dogs and their owners. Be sure to evaluate the dog park you are … Read more

AKC announces advanced CGC title

What is AKC Community Canine? AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at … Read more

Canine Good Citizen title test August 2013

We are pleased to be testing for the Canine Good Citizen title at the end of August 2013. Following are test items for the CGC from www.akc.org: Training/Testing: CGC Test Items Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key … Read more

Brag from Jane and Scott Craig

Nick the Weimaraner (Ch Colsidex Seabreeze VCD1, RA, OA, OAJ, JH) finished up his Rally Advanced title at OTCPBC’s trial one month before his 12th birthday. Old dogs can learn new tricks! His younger friend, Brewster the Beagle (CT Roirdan’s Magic Brew VCD1, RE, AX, MJB), earned his 25th Masters JWW agility leg at OTCPBC’s … Read more

Tracking Practice in Royal Palm Beach

Fran Smith and Jane Craig announce these details of our next tracking practice session: Date: July 10 Time: 6:15-8:15 pm Location: Commons Park, Royal Palm Beach (North of Southern on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard) Contact: craig@safe-mail.net