Not Everyone is a “Good” Citizen

This is an interesting perspective. I recommend this reading because you have to learn from or at least understand those that you don’t always agree with. As a AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a trainer that understands the complexity of a dog’s emotional state, I see both sides of this. Although I don’t agree that it should be required by institutions like home insurance companies, I do think it’s good for those animals that are going to taken to public places have some basic guidance. CGC is not the only standard and every dog is an individual. It would be unethical of me to require a fearful dog, reactive dog, or one with separation anxiety to test. I think that is the disconnect. That doesn’t mean they are bad dogs, it just means they don’t fit the mold. Is that such a bad thing? I don’t think so. They are amazing in their own right.

Psychology Today

 

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