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The Canine Good Citizen Program
The American Kennel Club has a Canine Good Citizen Program that tests dogs for basic obedience skills along with their ability to behave as they greet people and walk through a crowd. They also gauge the dog's reactions to other dogs, and his ability to deal with distractions when in public. Thus, the AKC has laid a good foundation. Government should be able to build on that to devise tests for dog licensing, or perhaps the Kennel Club could take on the task of developing rigorous, prototype dog owner licensing exams.
The AKC, by the way, says there are clubs and training programs in almost every city that can help you prepare your dog to earn the Canine Good Citizenship certificate. For more information, contact The American Kennel Club.
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