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For more than 25 years, dogs have been able to get their "Canine Good Citizen" certification through the American Kennel Club, a credential that distinguishes dogs that are well mannered at home and in the community. With more than 700,000 dogs now having this title, the organization recently rolled out a more specific certification: the Urban Canine Good Citizen.
The credential is for city dwellers looking to have their canine sidekick accompany them on outings and be recognized for their good behaviors. This latest award is under the Canine Good Citizen umbrella, which also includes AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and AKC Community Canine and comes on the heels of some states becoming more dog-friendly, allowing pups on restaurant patios. To date, 500 dogs have passed the test since its April launch.