42 States Pass AKC Canine Good Citizen® Resolutions
As a testament to the important role that training and responsible dog ownership play in ensuring that dogs are well behaved members of society, a growing list of states has passed American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) resolutions. AKC CGC is a 10-step certification program that rewards dogs with good manners at home and in the community. The resolutions signify an endorsement of the AKC CGC program at the state level.
“If you think back to your high school Civics days, you'll remember that a legislative resolution is basically an endorsement by the legislature,” explained Mary Burch, Ph.D., AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and CGC Director. “A resolution is a state legislature's way of saying, ‘We think this is a good idea.’ Unlike laws, resolutions have no enforcement power, but they can be used as a great vehicle for educating legislators.”
"Many dog owners choose CGC as the first step in training their dogs," said Dr. Burch. "The support provided by the 42 state legislatures that have endorsed the program clearly demonstrates that CGC is becoming increasingly accepted as the nationwide gold standard in basic training."
Due to the success and recognition the AKC CGC program has received, AKC recently introduced a natural precursor to becoming an AKC Canine Good Citizen®, the AKC S.T.A.R. ® Puppy Program. "S.T.A.R." stands for what every puppy needs – Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner. The program provides all dog owners with the early guidance needed to get their puppies off to the best possible start in life and set them up to thrive as adult dogs.
"Practicing responsible dog ownership is the best way to combat restrictive dog legislation and ensure that reasonable ordinances are proposed in every community," added Dr. Burch.
Viewed as the first step in dog training, S.T.A.R. Puppy and CGC lay the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, rally, tracking and performance events.
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.
In total, 42 states have adopted CGC resolutions. The AKC is continuing to work on getting resolutions passed in the following states: Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming. If you'd like to join the effort in these states, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view an example of a CGC resolution, which can be used as a model for drafting one in your state.
Find more information about AKC CGC, S.T.A.R. Puppy, or an evaluator near you.