AKC Programs

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Bright & Beautiful: Therapy Dog

B&B:TD is an American Kennel Club recognized therapy dog organization, and has been instrumental in the development of the growth of therapy dogs nationally.

Our dogs visit children in pediatric wards in hospitals. Most of the children have never been away from home before. They are frightened and fearful at the prospect of having to spend time in a big scary hospital. Sometimes the children are severely handicapped. When they visit, the dogs seem to spark a reaction no one has ever seen before.

• Must be at least one year of age and have lived with you for at least 6 months.
• Must be current with required vaccinations and fecal exams from vet.
• Must be well socialized. Dog-friendly and people-friendly.
• Dog must have previously completed a Basic Obedience Program.
• Must demonstrate Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Come and must walk properly on leash.
• Knowledge of "leave-it/drop-it" commands is preferred, will work on these in class.
• Must be able to volunteer 12 hours per year.

• This is not an obedience training program.
• At least 2nd round of Vaccinations required to participate. (including Bordetella - we need email/paper copy)


CGC - Canine Good Citizen

Not only does CGC training create long-lasting trust between you and your pup, but also ensures you’ll be good neighbors and friends to everyone around you—and, if you’re interested in going beyond the basics, CGC also lays the foundation for other AKC sports and activities like obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events.

• Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types: AKC Registrations number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number.
• 10-skill training program.
• Strengthens bond at home and in community.
• Simulated distractions and events.
• 4-week course. • 175$
• 5 person minimum per class (please call and get on our list!)

• At least 2nd round of Vaccinations required to participate. (including Bordetella - we need email/paper copy)


CGCU - Canine Good Citizen Urban

AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an “urban” setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

• All ages.
• Must have registered and completed the AKC CGC program.
• Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types: AKC Registrations number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number.
• All tests are done in real situations (no simulations.)
• All tests to be performed around cars, streets, noises and distrations.
• Dogs must pass all 10 items.
• 1 hour course.
• 50$
• 5 person minimum per class (please call and get on our list!)
• At least 2nd round of Vaccinations required to participate. (including Bordetella - we need email/paper copy)


CGCA - AKC Community Canine

AKC Community Canine℠ is the advanced level of the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test earn the official AKC Community Canine title that is designated by the letters “CGCA” (Advanced CGC) on the dog’s title record.
Whereas Canine Good Citizen tests are most often tested in a ring and situations are simulated (e.g., 3 helpers serve as a “crowd”), the AKC Community Canine test is done in real situations including at shows, classes, and in the community.

• There is no age limit for dogs taking the AKC Community Canine test. However, before taking the test, dogs must have a Canine Good Citizen test on record at AKC.
• Must have registered and completed the AKC CGC program.
• Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types: AKC Registrations number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number.
• All tests are done in real situations (no simulations.)
• All tests to be performed around cars, streets, noises and distrations.
• Handlers are not permitted to use food as a reward during the AKC Community Canine Test. While we recognize that food can be an effective reinforcer during training, it should not be used in the test. As with CGC, the purpose of the AKC Community Canine test is to determine if the dog relates to the owner and if it can be controlled without food. • Dogs must pass all 10 items.
• 1 hour course.
• 50$
• 5 person minimum per class (please call and get on our list!)
• At least 2nd round of Vaccinations required to participate. (including Bordetella - we need email/paper copy)


AKC Fit Dog

Now more than ever, fitness is important for both dogs and people. The most recommended exercise to improve fitness is walking. Walking is considered a safe activity that improves muscular strength, circulation, memory, weight loss, increases energy, helps with sleep, and reduces stress. The American Heart Association recommends walking a minimum of 150 minutes per week. Participation in the AKC FIT DOG program will bring health benefits to both you and your dog.

• Walked at least 30 minutes 5 times per week for a total of at least 150 minutes per week for at least 3 months. For dogs and people in good shape.
• Walked at least 15 minutes per session at least 10 times per week (e.g., two 15-min walks per day) for at least 3 months. For dogs or people who would benefit from a walk that is a shorter duration, e.g., senior dogs.


AKC - Virtual Home Manners

Virtual Home Manners (VHM) is the answer when you want to train your dog at home. When you get a puppy or new adult dog, Virtual Home Manners can get you started on practical skills before you attend a training class.

The evaluation of a dog’s ability to perform ten home manners skills will be done by a video recording. Two levels of Home Manners will be offered – Virtual Home Manners Puppy (VHMP) and Virtual Home Manners Adult (VHMA). Dogs that pass the tests will be awarded these titles.

The Virtual Home Manners tests assess ten skills that well-mannered pet dogs need in the home setting. The skills relate to the dog owner having control over the dog, being able to walk the dog (which is one of the most frequently cited activities that owners want to do with their dogs) and developing a bond with the dog during playtime. Check out our “How to Train” VHM training videos to get started.

For more information, please go to the AKC VHM Homepage.