Paw-fect obedience

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

DENISON, TX -- Some local canines are working hard to be model citizens and their owners can't be happier. Sunday local dogs competed to get the American Kennel Club seal of approval by taking the AKC canine good citizen test.

It's a six week training class where dogs have to sit, stay, come when called along with proving they can interact well with strangers and other dogs.

"We haven't had any trouble,” says Michele Crouse, with Super K-9 Training. “Everybody has done really well and everybody has worked really hard for this."

Crouse says although this class was open to all dogs, it's important for pit bull, bull terrier and other bully breed owners to go out of their way to show their dogs are upstanding members of the dog and human community.

"It's important for us as bully breed owners because we need to be kind of above and beyond the average dog owner, because our dogs are threatened of being banned an there's a lot of I guess stereotyping about them," Crouse says.

Other dog owners say they were totally comfortable having their dogs in the class with bully breed dogs. Aside from improving their dog's behavior, some owners have other reasons for putting their dog through this training.

"I felt that it would be good for her and for me, we would also like to do some therapy dog work with like children and maybe the rest homes," says Paige Segovia, the owner of Bailey, a Newfoundland mix, a class participant.

The training was sponsored by the Texoma Bully Breed Outreach group. There are more sessions planned for the future.


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  • by bubba redneck Location: sherman on Apr 7, 2008 at 01:19 PM
    my dog can do all of these things and is very peopel friendly...espically if treats are involved,,,but it didn't take bno 6 weeks only a few days...what can i do to get my dog this AKC seal of approval...also where can i sign up for the thearpy part to work with children and old people he is very smart and gentle...by the way my pup is only 5 and is a AKC registered yellow lab...
  • by Karyn Location: Kingston on Apr 7, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    Where do I sign up? I have 4 yorkies & one bull dog. The bull dog is great and trains easily. The Yorkies are impossible to train.
  • by Gary Location: Ada, OK on Apr 6, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    I think definitely a good thing. I am curious to know what the trainers of these dogs think should be done to stop dogs from biting people. There are just too many people getting bitten by dogs and I wonder your thought on the solutions to put an end to these dogs biting people. Thank you very much. I appreciate your efforts.
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