It’s official: Magneto is a good citizen. This New Yorker strolls the streets calmly, unfazed by the sights and sounds of the busy city. Horn honks, sidewalk trash, subway smells, touchy passersby—Magneto takes it all in stride. Magneto is a good dog. And his owner has the papers to prove it.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognizes dogs that demonstrate good citizenship. The official title for these city-wise pups is Urban Canine Good Citizen. The Urban CGC is one of four titles the AKC gives for doggie citizenship.
Dogs must have a registered AKC number and pass the basic Canine Good Citizen test before being allowed to take the urban version of the exam.
The basic test has been around for about 25 years. More than 700,000 dogs have passed. The urban version requires a bit more self-restraint on the part of the pooch.
AKC officials administer the Urban CGC test in tough city settings. Streets, cars, noises, elevators, outdoor cafes, and other distractions are all part of the real-world exam.
Dogs perform a 10-step test of skills. For example, they must wait patiently for “walk” lights at pedestrian crossings, clamber in and out of cars or taxis, and ignore tempting street food. Two of the most difficult parts of the test involve a dog’s tolerating hugs and strokes from strangers and remaining still while its owner browses in a dog-friendly shop.
Some people think the test of doggie etiquette is barking up the wrong tree. “It’s more that the owners could step up their game,” observed one New Yorker.
Why do owners put their dogs through these urban paces? For one thing, it’s a way to “consider others,” as in Philippians 2:3. But additionally, from a practical point of view, some people believe good dog behavior will pay off. Some homeowners’ insurers have agreed to cover certain breeds with the basic canine good citizen title according to the AKC. Further, some think the Urban CGC title might help get a beloved pet into the best co-ops and condos.
What does the pooch get for its efforts? The AKC awards each dog that successfully passes the citizenship test the suffix “CGC” after its name—that and a doggie treat.
Some canines will do anything to stay out of the doghouse.
I have a list of apple names too! Here they are:
• Pink Lady (Lady)
• Granny Smith (Granny)
Other than your dogs' normal food, what do you give them? (Cheese, meats, rawhides, dog treats, etc.)
I love your names for the dogs, especially the pepper ones. What about types of teas?
Besides her normal food, we give our dog little bits of cheese, little bits of lunch meat, Blue Buffalo treats, Dentleys Natural Flavor rawhides, chicken jerky treats (made for dogs), and peanut butter.
I don't know about types of teas, but I do have a breakfast beverage themed litter. Here it is:
Would you like me to write down more theme names?
We haven't bought any rawhide bones because my older dog has really bad teeth, and we're being as careful as possible that what we give her isn't too hard. I don't really give them table scraps, but around the holidays sometimes they get a bit of ham, chicken broth, or occasionally some cheese, and I give them venison treats when I'm working on training with them for 4-h Club.
Here are spice names:
I'll have to think up some more later.
And cheese names:
• Monterey Jack (Jack)
• Gorgonzola (Zola)
• Blue Cheese (Blue)
I love all the names.:-D
Cheese XD. Wow, you've got a lot.
Yes, we should both come up with more theme names. It's going to be fun.
I have LOTS more theme names! Here it goes:
The Berry Puppies-
The Pear Puppies:
The Tomato Puppies:
And these are just a few more of the theme names I've come up with! I can write down more if you'd like. :)
Introducing....the Pasta Puppies!
• Bow Tie (Bow)
Next up is the Game Puppies (some of my favorites!):
I just meant Clue, not Clue-female. Sorry!
Wow, you do have a lot!! Do you have any cookies? XD
Or ice cream?
Biscotti (or Biscoff)
And for Ice Cream:
Cookies and Cream
Peaches and Cream
Even other kinds of snacks would be fun.
Here's my cookie themed litter:
Cocoa Chip (Cocoa)
Triple Chip (Chip)
Russia Tea (Russia)
Frosty Delight (Frosty)
Here is my candy themed litter:
Almond Joy (Joy)
Hershey Kisses (Hershey)
Two cute names for puppies could be Flip and Flop (flip-flop)!
Here are names of explorers:
Callie (with a ` above the e)
And desert flowers:
• Desert Rose (Rose)
• Arizona Poppy (Arizona)
• Jewelflower (Jewel)
• Desertstar (Star)
• Sun-cup (Sun)
And types of shells:
And types of nuts:
• Hazelnut (Hazel)
Sorry, but I don't have any ice cream names yet.
And exotic fruits:
My Jack Russell's name is Peanut. If we did Flip and Flop for names, we might have to come up with more shoes. :-D
I really like the Desert Flowers ones, those are really pretty. :-)
Yes, the desert flower names are pretty, but most (if not all) of the puppies in that litter would have to be female!
Here are melon names:
And mushroom names:
• Portabella (Bella)
And squash names:
• Golden Nugget (Nugget)
Peanut is a really cute name--is Peanut male or female?
Dang, Gabrielle and Rebekah! That's a lot of comments lol. I'm glad u guys r good friends. Do u know each other in any way besides world teen?
It is a lot of comments, but this is something that Gabrielle and I are both interested in. Are you interested in starting an animal shelter?
Peanut is a girl, and she'll be 14 in two weeks. But the name Peanut could go either way. I had a friend from gymnastics whose bull terrier's name was Peanut, and he was a boy. I love the mushroom ones. :-)
What if we did theme names from comic book heroes or something? That might be fun.
Nah I don't care I was just saying that I've never seen this much before. What do u mean by animal shelter?
Btw, call me Justin. Jacob is my brother, it's just the account name
An animal shelter is a place where homeless animals (mostly dogs and cats) stay until somebody comes along and wants to adopt them. If it is a no-kill animal shelter, than the animals stay there as long as needed to find forever homes. If it is a kill animal shelter, than the long-time residents and animals with issues (take being blind or not liking cats) are killed to make room for animals that are coming in.
Do you have any more questions about animal shelters or what they do?
I bet that Peanut is cute! What breed is she, and how old was she when you acquired her? Did you get her from Craigslist? If so, did she have littermates and were her parents for sale too?
I don't really know any comic book heroes. Do you know of any?
Peanut is a Jack Russell terrier. We aren't exactly sure how old she was when we got her because of the condition of her teeth, but the vet said she was around 2 years old. We got her in June of 2004, we rescued her. At first we had a friend that owned her, but they had to give her back to the people they got her from because their son was allergic to her fur. My parents got her for free from those people. She had been left outside so much that her nose was all raw, and pink. Now, her nose is black, but from being outside in the Arizona summer, it lost chunks of black and became pink. She was afraid of so much, she was afraid to eat, because the house she came from had two bigger dogs that would steal her food, and she was afraid of plastic bags, we aren't positive, but we think someone put her in one when she was young. She's very friendly, but when you meet her, she'll jump all over you. She's been such a great dog for me and my sister, and Peanut's having fun playing with my puppy too. I'm really glad that we have her.
Peanut is very happy, healthy and mostly on the lazy side. XD She still goes on walks and plays with the puppy though. I'll think up some good comic book hero names.
For the theme names I mean.
Comic book names:
That's just a few, I'll try and think of more later.
I like Hawkeye, but I don't know about Thor. Here are some choy themed names (choy is a type of vegetable):
• Bok Choy (Bok)
• Gai Choy (Gai)
• Khan Choy (Khan)
• Yu Choy (Yu)