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The Canine Good Citizen Program

By launching the Canine Good Citizen Program in 1989, the American Kennel Club established a training benchmark, for both pet dogs and their owners, that represents a solid, basic foundation for the well-adjusted dog. The tests involved in the Canine Good Citizen Certification represent the facets of dog behavior that are important in the home environment, social situations, and even veterinary visits.

Although the program establishes training goals and works with other organizations and local governments to encourage the adoption of their standard, it is the certification exam that they are most known for. In fact, obtaining the Canine Good Citizen Certification is a prerequisite for some assistance and therapy dog organizations, and it is considered the starting point for other obedience and performance events.

Who Can Take the Certification Tests?
Any dog, whether purebred or mixed breed, can take the tests and obtain Canine Good Citizen Certification. The only requirement is that the have all necessary vaccinations and boosters, including rabies, so there is an implicit minimum age for participation. Additionally, the program encourages owners who obtain certification with a puppy to re-test when the dog reaches adulthood, to make sure the training and behavior is maintained through the normal behavioral changes that occur as a dog matures.
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Irish Terrier
To Train or not to train. for an Irish Terrier puppy, it will be well advised to find an experienced terrier trainer. Balance with proper socialization early on in your puppy's life. Get your puppy accustomed to nail trimming and grooming now. You don't necessarily need to groom an I.T. puppy, but get them used to the feel of a smooth soft bristle baby brush (for example). If you wait until later, it will not go as smoothly.

Irish Terrier
Choosing an Irish Terrier puppy with a sweet temperament is important, but no guarantee forever. Be very wise when introducing to other dogs, make sure they are also very nice dogs. If exposed to aggressive behavior, an Irish Terrier will of course defend itself, and there will be no turning back. Avoid situations where your pup is forced to defend itself. That is your job, to keep your puppy safe at all times and in every situation.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Recently we rescued of Glen of Imaal from our local SPCA. She is 4 yrs old and is a very focused little girl. A mind of her own, not real affectionate, but very loyal at the same time. She has trained me well.

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Featured Breed -

English Setter

The English Setter At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin England
Life Expectancy 10 - 15 yrs
Height Range 22 - 27 in
Weight Range 40 - 80 lbs
Colors White base coat with even flecking all over preferred. Flecks may be blue, orange, lemon, or liver. Tri colors are blue beltons with tan points. Field variety is more prone to patching.
Trainability Very trainable as long as a soft hand is used. Perceived as stubborn by those using a heavy-handed training method.
With Children Excellent. Very tolerant. Very high bite inhibition
With Animals Excellent with other animals except, of course, birds and rodents
Climate Comparable to humans
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor as they bond very tightly to their family
Exercise Reqd Fenced yard. Active as puppies but bench variety is calm in the house as adults. Field bred variety much more active
Grooming Reqd Field bred dogs need minimal grooming. Bench variety need routine grooming appointments
English Setter Information
The English setter is believed to have originated in England about 400 years ago. The field variety was primarily developed in America by Mr. Llwyellin. The bench variety was developed in this country by Mr. Laverack. The field variety is smaller both in height and weight than the bench variety. Both will usually hunt. The field variety, however, has a much higher energy level and is suitable for hunters on horse back as they range fairly far. The bench is more of a gentleman's hunting companion as he will usually not range far and is more suitable for hunters on foot. English setters are easily house trained. Like most puppies, they tend to chew when young. Like most sporting dogs, they should be taught to come relably when called before any attempts to let them off of a leash. This is a very soft, sensitive breed and does best with similar training methods. The English setter is, in general, a robust dog not commonly afflicted with ailments. The only problems relatively common to the breed are deafness, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Judious breeding by conscientious breeders has decreased the incidence of these problems in many lines of English setters. Prospective buyers should ask if parents have had their hearing BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) tested and their hips and elbows evaluated by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). The English setter has maintained a very faithful following in many countries because of the breed's lovely disposition. The English setter is a wonderful family dog.

Information courtesy of Kaliber English Setters
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My MIni Schnauzer Coco Chanel has always loved my husbands hankerchiefs. She will dig at his pockets until she can retreive it. She usually drags one around the house all day long.
Donn from Taylor, Tx, USA
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