AKC eNewsletter


Summer 2011
Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs
AKC and Hartford team to help your pet clients do the right thing

The HartfordEvery responsible breeder hopes that their puppies will be going to good homes where they are cared for, provided with basic training, and loved. Many first-time puppy owners want to be responsible, but they just don’t know where to start. Not all of the puppies you place in loving homes will go on to become conformation champions, but there are two AKC programs in which everyone can win.

Canine Good Citizen
Started in 1989, the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® program focuses on teaching dogs to be well-behaved at home and in the community. CGC’s tag line, “Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs,” says it all.

In CGC, dogs are trained and then take a 10-step test to earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate. The CGC test is administered by AKC-approved CGC evaluators.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
The puppy level of CGC is AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®. S.T.A.R. stands for “Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner,” all the things every puppy needs to have a great life. With the tag line “The first step in training,” AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an incentive program for loving owners who have taken the time to put their puppies through a basic training class. Puppies and their owners must attend a training class at least six weeks long before earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate and medal.

Meet Our Sponsor
In January, the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., joined us as the exclusive insurance sponsor of CGC and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy. Hartford will offer auto and home insurance to AKC dog owners.

“We are proud to align with AKC, a well-respected organization dedicated to responsible dog ownership,” says Andy Napoli, president of consumer markets at The Hartford.

“By promoting the Canine Good Citizen and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy programs, The Hartford is also assisting the AKC stay true to its mission of helping families have positive relationships with their dogs,” AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung says.

The AKC is grateful that with the support of The Hartford, we will be able to have a greater impact with regard to promoting responsible dog ownership and creating happy, behaviorally healthy lives for dogs and puppies.
Ronald N. Rella, Director, Breeder Services
Email: AKCbreeder@akc.org
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