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Citizen Canine: Ten Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know

This book is a how-to guide for teaching the ten skills necessary for dogs to pass the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. The author is the Director of the CGC and S.T.A.R. Puppy Programs for the AKC and therefore has a wealth of knowledge to share with dog owners who are interested in having a well-behaved pet.

I found this to be an easy-to-read, very informative book for dog owners. It not only explains what the skills are, but WHY they are important, and step-by-step instructions on how to achieve them. It includes color-coded insets with special tips. Although the book emphasizes the skills, it also provides more depth about preparation, next steps and different canine personalities. The book is well-organized with separate chapters for each of the ten skills, plus additional chapters on being a responsible dog owner, locating a training facility, special applications of the CGC (such as Boy Scouts badges, 4-H Clubs, and Therapy work), and other activities you may want to try with your dog. I particularly liked the chapter on Supervised Separation, as that can be a tough challenge for some dogs.

I enjoyed reading the book and believe it achieves the author’s goal of teaching dog owners how to have a well-mannered dog. As a breeder and trainer of labrador retrievers and pet parent of 6 dogs myself, I recommend Citizen Canine for all dog owners, from first-time to experienced owners.
Janet Makarick-Roberts


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