AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluators are taking the concept of a New Year's resolution seriously. 2009...
AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluators are taking the concept of a New Year's resolution seriously.
2009 is off to a great start with the adoption of four new Canine Good Citizen resolutions in state legislatures. This brings the total to 38 states that have endorsed the AKC CGC program.
Dedicated CGC evaluator Ben Goff worked for two years to get a CGC resolution passed in the state of Arkansas. This year, Ben worked closely with Rep. Tracy Pennartz and the CGC resolution for the state of Arkansas was passed as House Resolution 1012. Ben is also an evaluator for Therapy Dogs International (TDI) and he has volunteered for many years (and driven many miles) to help Arkansas kennel clubs with CGC and therapy dog testing.
CGC Evaluator Gloria Shipman worked with Rep. Janet Petersen and House Joint Resolution 704, "A Resolution recognizing the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program and supporting its effort to promote responsible dog ownership in Iowa" was passed in March 2009. Gloria trains dogs in agility, obedience, rally, tracking and field. She is also involved with Golden Retriever rescue, an activity directly related to the CGC concept and the importance of responsible dog ownership.
Rhode Island was a state where we tried for years to get a CGC resolution with no luck. In 2008, CGC evaluator Dr. Jim Barry offered his assistance. Well-known in the dog training world, Jim is the author of the book, Ethics for Dog Trainers: A Practical Guide for Canine Professionals. With Rep. Deborah Ruggiero as the primary sponsor, House Resolution 5188 was passed to "recognize the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and support its efforts to promote responsible dog ownership in the state of Rhode Island."
Several years ago, dog fancier George Sexton began working with the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs to see that Vermont was among the states with a CGC resolution. Sadly, the dog world lost a very good friend when George died last year. His work was continued by the Vermont Federation. Deborah Brown, President of the Vermont Federation, stepped in to lead the project and with the support of State Representatives Johnson, Devereux, Frank, Hube, and Trombley, Vermont passed Joint House Resolution #4, endorsing the AKC Canine Good Citizen program.
More information on the AKC Canine Good Citizen® Program.