Kennel Club started a certification program in 1989 that is designed
to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Known
as "The Canine Good Citizen Program", it is a two-part program
that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners
for dogs. All dogs who pass the CGC test receive a certificate from the
American Kennel Club and as of January 1, 1999, they are automatically
recorded in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Archive. When you see a the
initials "CGC" after a dog's name, it means they have achieved
this very important certificate.
Dogs don't need to be registered with the AKC nor do they need to be purebred
in order to train for, test for and achieve this certificate. Every
responsible dog owner in America should strive to achieve the CGC certificate
for each of his or her dogs. You can find out more about what's in
the CGC test here.
"Discover Dogs!" and Dog Training With Diane
is proud to honor the dogs and owners who have taken the initiative
to earn the Canine Good Citizenship certificate! If you and your dog
have achieved the CGC certificate, please email
me and send me a photo and the details
so we may also honor you in this Hall of Fame.
You deserve it!
absolutely beautiful Akita is "Justice BK's America's Most Wanted,
CGC", otherwise known as Justice.
His sister, Hana (not shown here), also passed the same day. Both
dogs are trained and handled by their wonderful owner, Dannielle
Niles! Congratulations to you all!
is a loveable, sweet and incredibly intelligent Queensland Blue Heeler,
aka an Australian Cattle Dog. She is a rescue dog that won the lottery
when she went to live with her dedicated, wonderful owner, Millie
writes, "Her life-altering ordeal began in December 2000, when
she was picked up as a stray in Los Angeles, and taken to Animal
Control. She was headed for death row, when she was rescued and
fostered by a kind soul who loved blue heelers. After a month of
rehabilitation with her foster mom, she ultimately found her way
to her forever home in Northern California with us via www.cowdogz.com
we first brought Shasta home, she was a shy, timid, and scared dog
... afraid of everything, including loud noises, unfamiliar places
and people. For the first two days, she spent her time in the bathroom,
not wanting to interact with us at all. Finally, after getting acclimated
with her surroundings, she decided to come out and begin learning
about her new world.
started taking Shasta to work, as my former employer offered a dog-friendly
environment. We also started taking obedience lessons to help her
gain confidence and teach her proper doggie manners. In the summer
of 2001, we began training in agility to continue addressing her
In preparation of getting her CGC, we took Shasta everywhere with
us to get her use to many types of situations and people. She would
accompany us on our errands and is a regular customer at PetSmart,
Petco, The Gap, The Pottery Barn, Home Depot, SportMart, and Neiman
Marcus. I had one gentleman approach me in a store and tell me that
Shasta was one of the most well behaved dogs hes seen.
she is a healthy, happy dog that loves to go where we go. Shes
welcome at all of our friends houses because she is so well
mannered. My thought is a well-behaved dog gets more opportunities
to accompany their owners throughout the everyday routine
here to see more photos of Shasta. Even more photos are here!
is Diane Bassett and Dennis Murray's
Gordon Setter who went through 4 owners by the time she was 3 years
old. (They are her 4th, and last, home). She was difficult to live
with until she experienced "clicker training" and became
a responsive, intelligent and affectionate dog who still has some
quirks but is much more enjoyable to be with.
Piper went from being the dog nobody wanted to being a Canine Good
Citzen and then a therapy dog. She currently works at Stanford Hospital
bringing love and cheer and affection to patients who find it difficult
and sometimes depressing to be in a hospital setting. Piper and Dennis
are shown, right, on a fun snowshoe outing in Tahoe. Piper is about
8 yrs old now. It is never too late to train a dog, and never too
late to achieve the CGC!
started as a puppy in the program at Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar,
California. After almost two years of training he had a 'career change'
and was adopted by Jim Schindler. Jim
decided to take advantage of Skipper's great personality and turned
him into a "Therapy Dog".
now has three certificates: 'Hug a Pet' from the Humane Society of
Santa Clara Valley, 'Canine Good Citizen', and his therapy dog certification
by 'Therapy Dog's International'. He now visits the Westgate Convalescent
Hospital where the staff calls him "Dr. Skipper".
He is also a regular therapy dog at Mission Villa Alzheimer's facility
on Bascom Ave. As if that were not enough, he also visits with small
children under the age of three in the First Step child intervention
program in Santa Clara.
and his owner Jim have received a Humanitarian Award. Congrats,
Jim and Skipper, for your outstanding achievements and service to
others. You exemplify responsible dog ownership at its best!
is an angel of a Sheltie who was adopted from the Peninsula Humane
Society by Diane Bassett and Dennis Murray.
They are her 4th home (through no fault of Daisy's!).
She was 6 years old when she was adopted, and she was about 8 years
old when she tested for and received her CGC.
Since then, she went on to take the more rigorous therapy dog certification
given by the Delta Society Pet Partners Program. Daisy is now about
12 years old and Diane cherishes every day they have together.
Daisy died in my arms in 2004. She is deeply missed and will
never be forgotten.