The DogSmith of North Tarrant County, TX, has been awarded “Canine Good Citizen (CGC)” Evaluator status by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Fort Worth, TX, January 5, 2010 - The DogSmith National Training Center is pleased to announce that the American Kennel Club (AKC) has certified Randi Kamper, owner of The DogSmith of North Tarrant County, as a “Canine Good Citizen®” (CGC) Evaluator.  CGC Evaluator status authorizes Kamper to conduct Canine Good Citizen® Classes and to assess the manners and behavior of dogs wishing to become “Canine Good Citizens.”  Kamper is also a Veterinarian Technician and Certified Pet Dog Trainer.

Since its inception, the Canine Good Citizen® program has become the model for similar programs around the world and serves as the framework for other exams, such as therapy dog programs, and is a good starting point for more advanced dog training.  The AKC says, “The CGC® Program has become recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities.  CGC® resolutions have been passed by 18 state legislatures and the United States Senate since the program was established in 1989.  In addition, insurance companies are starting to use the CGC® certification to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure and some condominium associations around the country now require that all dogs in the community attain the CGC® certification.”

Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC, or any other organization, to earn a CGC® nor do they have to be purebred.  The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs.  As an essential part of the DogSmith’s commitment to being the most progressive Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise in North America, DogSmith Franchise Owners must achieve increasing levels of continuing education and development in their profession.  Becoming an AKC “CGC®” Evaluator is a key component to that development and commitment.

According to Kamper, “The DogSmith recognizes the importance of supporting pet dog owners and helping them achieve a high level of training with their dogs.  The DogSmith’s core dog training curriculum includes the 10 essential behaviors required for a dog to be certified as a ‘Canine Good Citizen’.  Each DogSmith is expert at applying positive based training methods to ensure that the training is fun and effective for both owner and dog. DogSmiths are professional Dog Trainers and Dog Behavior Counselors and use the most effective and non-intrusive training methods available.”  To learn more about AKC’s CGC program visit: