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Valley Kennel club sponsoring Canine Good Citizen Program

March 10, 2002|Staff Report

IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley Kennel Club will sponsor tonight the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test, a 10-step test open to purebred and mixed breed dogs.

The Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to reward dogs with basic good manners in the presence of people and other dogs. All dogs passing a 10-item test will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

The event for owners and their dogs will be held at the Little League Baseball field in Imperial at the corner of Fourth and E streets. Testing will begin at 7 p.m., immediately following basic dog obedience class graduation. All testing will be completed by 9 p.m.

According to Paul Steward, Imperial Valley Kennel Club president, "We think the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program is a very important program for the Imperial Valley. It establishes the minimum standards of training that responsible dog owners should give their pets. Ultimately, all community members will benefit from this program — even those who don't own dogs."

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The test will be administered by Michael Burk, who is licensed by the American Kennel Club to administer the CGC test. Burk has been training dogs for over 25 years. In addition to titling dogs in all three levels of AKC obedience competition and Schutzhund, he has trained dogs for police work, narcotics detection, personal protection and search and rescue.

He and his partner in Imperial Kennels, Sonia Cole, conduct both group and private dog obedience classes throughout the Imperial Valley, which are sponsored by the Imperial Valley Kennel Club.

For further information on this event or regarding membership in the Imperial Valley Kennel Club and any of the AKC programs call 353-4391.

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