The Quincy Kennel Club (IL) recently joined forces with 22 Paws, a Missouri-based organization that provides service dogs for veterans, to provide Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing to service dogs-in-training.
Club member and CGC evaluator Christi Green tested the dogs on three levels of CGC skills, including Advanced CGC (AKC Community Canine) and Urban CGC skills. The dogs had to show that they knew how to meet people politely, behave in an elevator and how to stop at the corner before crossing the street, among other behaviors.
"For each level, there's 10 different exercises. The dog has to pass all 10," Green told the local newspaper, the Herald-Whig. "It's just about everything a dog should know to be a good neighbor and a good citizen. By the time they're done with me, they're able to go just about anywhere."
After additional training from 22 Paws, these dogs will eventually help veterans re-acclimate to civilian life by reducing everyday stress levels and helping them cope with PTSD.