|Canine Good Citizenship Resolutions Passed by Two More States
The American Kennel Club (AKC) applauds the state legislatures of Colorado
and Delaware for recently passing AKC Canine Good Citizenship® resolutions.
With the additions of Colorado and Delaware, in total 20 states have
adopted CGC™ resolutions, including Massachusetts, Maine, Florida,
Kansas, Alaska, Utah, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, New York, Alabama,
Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Michigan, Washington, New Hampshire
and the U.S. Senate. The Canine Good Citizenship® resolutions recognize
the importance of responsible dog ownership, and the fact that dog-related
problems are most often caused by irresponsible owners, not the dogs
or the breeds themselves.
"With an increase in breed-specific legislation being introduced
at the local level, it’s wonderful to see so many states acknowledge
the fact that responsibility for a dog’s behavior rests with the
owner," said Dr. Mary Burch, animal behavior expert and AKC’s
CGC™ Director. "We thank our CGC™ evaluators in Delaware
and Colorado for their tireless efforts, as well as the Colorado Federation
of Dog Clubs, Delaware Representative Wayne Smith and Colorado Representative
Al White for recognizing the importance of responsible dog ownership."
CGC™ is a 10-step certification program that rewards dogs with
good manners at home and in the community. Viewed as the first step
in dog training, CGC™ lays the foundation for other AKC activities
such as obedience, agility, rally, tracking and performance events.
CGC™ is one of the fastest growing programs at AKC and it has
become a model for similar programs adapted in countries such as England,
Australia, Japan, Hungary, Denmark and Canada.
The Canine Good Citizenship® resolution also provides the perfect
opportunity for Legislative Liaisons and clubs to get involved on a
positive, proactive issue and it is a terrific way to introduce fanciers
to politics. Working with legislators in support of a CGC™ resolution helps establish relationships that can
be very effective when future canine legislation is introduced and fanciers
need someone to help with amendments or to make arguments against a
bill. It also provides the fancy with a way to show the public that
they are interested in responsible dog ownership and making communities
a better place for dogs, their owners and all citizens. Please contact
the Canine Good Citizenship® Department at email@example.com
if you would like to work to get a CGC™ resolution passed in your state.