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Five new Canine Good Citizens certified in Juneau.

Posted: February 12, 2012 - 12:06am

Earlier this month, the Capital Kennel Club of Juneau announced that five Juneau dogs successfully completed their certification as American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizens.

The five new Canine Good Citizens and their handlers are: Dugan, a Pug and Jamie Criss; Truly Noel, a King Charles Cavalier Terrier and Destiny Sargeant; Sam, a golden doodle and Mari Meiners; Breezy, an Australian Shepard and Diana Higgs; and Gidget, a terrier mix and Aran Felix.

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program was created by the American Kennel Club to promote responsible dog ownership and to recognize those dogs that have achieved a high standard of canine good citizenship.

Testing for the CGC certification was conducted at Riverbend Elementary School commons on Feb. 4. The evaluator for CGC the test was Juneau resident, Marty Messick. In preparation for the Canine Good Citizen test, each of the dog and handler teams completed a three-week course to familiarize themselves with each of the elements of the test. The CGC preparation class and test were facilitated by George Utermohle.

Many of the new Canine Good Citizen teams will continue their training in order to become certified therapy dogs.

The Canine Good Citizen test was organized and conducted by the Capital Kennel Club of Juneau.

Uhtermole wrote, “Thanks are due to many members and non-members of the Capital Kennel Club for making the Canine Good Citizen test and preparatory class possible. Thanks to the following people for their support of the CGC program: Sue McGowan, Mike Higgs, Deborah Behr, Hazel Reynolds, Jill Grose, Sandy Harris, Lynn Barnes, Jack Chenoweth, and our evaluator Marty Messick.”

The Capital Kennel Club regularly schedules classes to teach obedience and good manners to dogs of all ages. Testing for the Canine Good Citizen certification is held periodically as demand warrants. In addition to obedience training, the Capital Kennel Club also holds classes and sanctioned trials for dog performance sports, including agility, formal competitive obedience, rally obedience, and flyball. More information on dog training classes and canine performance events can be found at the club’s website: http://www.ckcoj.org/.

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