The AKC Family Dog Program is an excellent way to start your journey with your dog. These titles are set up in such a way that pursuing them gives you a better behaved dog from puppy to adult. Under the umbrella of this program are nine programs designed to not only strengthen the bond you have with your dog, but also teach them the behaviors needed to be a good companion. Only five of these programs are listed on this page, but you can see the entire list on AKC's Family Dog Program page. For more information, the photos are links to the corresponding AKC information page.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program was designed to get you and your puppy off to a good start in your training journey. It covers common puppy issues such as house breaking, collar tolerance, and being able to take an item from your puppy. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy also serves as a foundation to continue into the next step – Canine Good Citizen.
Canine Good Citizen
The Canine Good Citizen test emphasizes both responsible ownership and well-mannered dogs. As your dog learns to mind its manners, the trust between you two will depend, and your neighbors will appreciate your well-behaved dog! After you and your canine partner earn your CGC, you gain access to the AKC Community Canine, also know as a CGCA. After the AKC Community Canine, you gain access to the highest level of manners training, the AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen. This final level of manners serves as a public access test, often used to show that potential service dogs can handle the wide variety of public environments.
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