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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