|Kentucky Adopts Resolution Honoring AKC Canine Good Citizenship® Program
Kentucky has joined the growing list of states that have passed AKC
Canine Good Citizen (CGC™) resolutions. The resolution endorses
the CGC program and acknowledges that problems related to dogs are really
problems about the need for responsible dog ownership.
Rep. Charles Miller, a long time supporter of canine educational programs,
sponsored HR139, Kentucky's CGC resolution. AKC dog fancier Connie Morris
and John Fowler, President of the Greater Louisville Training Club,
worked closely with Rep. Miller on the resolution.
"Kentucky's CGC resolution is important because it stresses the
importance of responsible dog ownership," said CGC Director Mary
Burch. "If dog owners would adhere to the CGC Responsible Dog Owner's
Pledge, there would be no need for restrictive legislation anywhere."
"The American Kennel Club applauds Rep. Miller for thinking about
dogs and their owners," said AKC Vice President of Communications
Noreen Baxter. "We are extremely proud that Rep. Miller recognized
the potential of the AKC Canine Good Citizen program to promote responsible
dog ownership in our communities. Reasonable ordinances that respect
the rights of responsible dog owners and dog owner education programs
are the combination that ensures we can all live happily with our dogs."
CGC™ is a 10-step certification program that rewards dogs with
good manners at home and in the community. Additionally, police and
animal control agencies use CGC™ for dealing with dog problems
in communities; therapy dog groups use CGC™ as a partial screening
tool; and, some 4-H groups around the country have been using the CGC™
as a beginning dog training program for children.
With the addition of Kentucky, in total 23 states have adopted CGC™
resolutions, including North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida,
Kansas, Alaska, Utah, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, New York, Alabama,
Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Michigan, Washington, New Hampshire,
Delaware, Colorado, Texas and the U.S. Senate.
AKC encourages Legislative Liaisons to talk to their representative
about sponsoring a CGC resolution. This positive, proactive issue provides
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to work to get a CGC™ resolution passed in your state.