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Why do you need Canine Good Citizens certification?
Ray Coleiro

If you want your dog to participate in dog activities like
therapy groups then you need to obtain a Canine Good Citizens
certification for your pet.

The “Canine Good Citizens” certification is based on 10 steps
that demonstrate the owner’s control over the dog, and the dog’s
behavior in given situations. They are:

1.Accepting a friendly stranger.
2.Sitting politely while being petted.
3.Spic and span appearance --good grooming.
4.Walking on a loose leash.
5.Walking through a crowd.
6.Obedience to sit and stay commands.
7.Interaction with handler.
8.Amicability to other animals.
9.Tolerance to/of distractions.
10.Supervised isolation.

In order for you to ensure that the little dog passes the test.
You must train the dog to perfection.

You need to:

·Steel your emotions and not give in into to limpid pleading eyes
or a wistful looks. If the pup is disobedient and ignores your
command or the word “no,” you must instill discipline by:
ignoring the pup; walking away; taking away privileges.

·Whilst training use a “tone” that is firm – your stance, facial
expression, and voice should say, “I will accept no nonsense.”
Never get excited and shout or flay your hands – it will only
serve to excite the puppy. Use a voice that is soft, certain, and

·Instill respect in him -- he must acknowledge you as “alpha” or
leader. Once this is achieved then the pup will always obey you.

·Use only positive methods – never physically harm the puppy.
Stern methods are a thing of the past.

·Socialize the dog with care and patience. Take him to the park,
club, beach, ball game, on holidays and so on. The more people
and animals he meets the better socialized he will be.

·In case you come across any problems like—aggression, fear, or
timidity take steps to correct the dog. If required, do meet a
behaviorist he/she will guide you in the right way.

·You must make time to bond with the dog -- pet, cuddle, talk to
him, and show him you care.

·Teach your puppy to give to space—he must learn to stay alone at
times. Otherwise you will become the dog’s prisoner.

·Communication is important you must understand each other’s

·Enrich his life and he will enrich yours.

It is quite simple --- follow the basic rules and you will be
surprised how well your dog shapes.

The perfectly well behaved dog

Everyone loves a perfect dog: one who is loving, patient, well
mannered, and educated.

·Permits you his owner to touch him even when he is ill/injured
and allows to you administer medication/dressing.
·Is well mannered, busy, socialized, and spends most of his time
at home with his family.
·Listens and obeys commands and is attentive, he wants to stay
close to you.
·Will walk by your side and heel beautifully-- will not run,
pull, drag or strangle.
·Will drop it/leave it as soon as you say so.
·Will sit as soon as you point or order him to.
·Understands what he can and what he cannot do.
·Acknowledge you as pack leader.

Whether you are a first time dog owner or a seasoned veteran,
your learning never stops as far as it comes to training your
dog. Each and every dog presents different training challenges,
and the more equipped you are to handle these training issues the
more likely you are to prevent any permanent and long term future
behavioral problems.

If you are serious about your dog, and want the very best for
her/him, then you owe it to your best friend to get a copy of
this FREE Dog Training Mini-Course. You can still get it from

Ray Coleiro is the author of the popular book "Dog Training
Mastery - An Owner's Manual!"

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