My First Canine Good Citizen Dog: Bruno the Norwegian Elkhound

In honor of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program turning 25 years old, I unearthed my first CGC certificate in my canine archives. Good Job Bruno!

AKC Dog Lovers

By Lisa Peterson

Bruno

Bruno and I were minding our own business on a walk around the hotel at the Norwegian Elkhound National Specialty in 1996 when a friend spotted us and said, “Hey, come take the Canine Good Citizen test, it’s right over here.” I had no idea what this was, in fact, I didn’t even know the 10-steps prior to signing up for the challenge. Bruno – an AKC Champion who had just turned 4 – and I had been training to start Novice obedience a few months earlier, so I though why not, he can sit and stay and heel.

We entered the ring ready to begin. I got nervous. Bruno took one look at me with his big brown cow eyes as if to say, “What’s the big deal? I can do this.” And off we went. The more steps we completed, the more fun Bruno…

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