Canine Good Citizen programMany dog owners choose AKC�s Canine Good Citizen� (CGC) Program as the first step in training their dogs. The CGC� Program lays the foundation for other AKCactivities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you workwith your dog to teach the CGC skills, you�ll discover the many benefits and joys oftraining your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs,and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training,intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be onlya beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you�ll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events. AKC S.T.A.R. PuppySMAKC S.T.A.R. Puppy,SM sponsored by The Hartford, is an exciting new program designedto get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R.Puppy,SM Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken thetime to take their puppies through a basic training class. Training classes teach youhow to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. PuppySM distinction, you�ll be able to get information on all of your puppyraisingquestions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way toteach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. PuppySM training is a natural lead in to the AKC� Canine Good Citizen� Program.