The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay kicks off the first Canine Good Citizen test from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the shelter, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. This event is specifically for pit bulls and pit bull mixes.
Pit bullterriers are a misunderstood breed, but for responsible owners who understand their working breed nature, they can be affectionate, loving and loyal.
The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Program started in 1989 and is designed to reward dogs that have good manners at home and in the community. The two-part program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test receive a certificate from the AKC.
All tests must be performed on a leash. Dogs should wear a well-fitting buckle or slip collar.
For dogs that cannot pass all the tests, training is available through the SPCA for nominal fees.
For details on the program, visit www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm.
Interested pet owners must schedule an appointment for their Canine Good Citizen test by logging on to www.SPCATampaBay.org or calling 586-3591, ext. 167.
There will be a $10 testing fee.