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AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program Turns 25

(Thursday, September 18, 2014)

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club’s (AKC®) groundbreaking Canine Good Citizen® program is proud to announce its 25th birthday! Long considered the gold standard for dog behavior in communities across the country, CGC® is getting #social to celebrate with its human and canine friends across the country.

The two-part training program, which stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs, is perhaps best known for its esteemed 10-step CGC test. Over the course of its 25 year history, the CGC test has been utilized by businesses, organizations and local governments to create well-mannered and canine-friendly communities. The US Senate and 42 state legislatures have even passed Canine Good Citizen resolutions or proclamations advocating for responsible dog ownership.

To celebrate, AKC is launching 25 Days of CGC on Twitter and is calling on dog lovers across the country to get social. From September 18th through October 13th, AKC will share a CGC fact via Twitter @akcdoglovers using the hashtag #CGC25. Dog lovers are encouraged to re-tweet and share their tips for conquering CGC, photos of their dogs who have earned their CGC certificate, and action shots during CGC tests.

“I’m extremely proud of this program and all that it has done for dogs and their owners over the past 25 years,” said Mary Burch, Ph.D., AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Director. “To date, more than 600,000 dogs have passed the CGC test and have gone on to be good citizens in their communities, therapy dogs, and so much more. We look forward to what the next 25 years will bring for all dogs everywhere!”

Click HERE to learn more about AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program.