January 30, 2014
Future Leader Dog puppies being raised in the Chippewa Correctional Facility were tested by puppy counselor Tammy Bartz for the American Kennel Club's "S.T.A.R. Puppy Program." Tammy is a "Canine Good Citizen" (CGC) evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC).
The AKC offers these programs for puppy/dog owners to recognize responsible ownership. The S.T.A.R. program is for puppies under one year of age. The CGC takes these skills to a higher level for older dogs.
From the AKC website, here are "20 steps to success: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test."
R esponsibilityOWNER BEHAVIORS:1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)
2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge
3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan
4. Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator
5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy
6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.PUPPY BEHAVIORS:7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class
8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
9. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice
10. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
11. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toyPRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® TEST BEHAVIORS:12. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner
13. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
14. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
15. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away
16. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure
17. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure
18. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called
19. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away
20. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)
Having met all the criteria for the S.T.A.R. program, the inmate raisers (and their puppies) at Chippewa were awarded medals and certificates on January 30, 2014.
Here are the team photos:
|FLD Drummond and his current raisers.|
|FLD Drummond and his raisers that took him through the S.T.A.R. puppy test.|
|FLD Bravo and his raisers, trying to put the graduation hat on him.|
|Success! FLD Bravo and his raisers.|
|FLD August and his raisers.|
|FLD Sammy and his raisers.|
|FLD Zella and her raisers.|
|FLD Nell and her raisers.|
|FLD Harper and the raisers that took him through the S.T.A.R. puppy test.|