Class schedules

The Canine Good
Hall of Fame!

Inquire about private lessons

Questions and answers

About Diane

Links and info resources

Contact Diane

The American 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!


This 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!
Shasta 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 Lee.

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 rescue pages.

When 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.

I 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 confidence issues.

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 he’s seen.

Today, she is a healthy, happy dog that loves to go where we go. She’s 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 of life."

Click here to see more photos of Shasta. Even more photos are here!

Piper 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!
Skipper 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".

Skipper 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.

Skipper 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!

Daisy 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.