Imagine suddenly you’re thrust into a foreign country without the ability to speak, understand the language or use your hands to communicate. These strangers stand over you asking what’s wrong, but you can’t answer.  So they scratch your head and you grunt with displeasure, they tell you to go out and play but you don’t feel up to it. They try to force food in your mouth which you reject. AND then just as your frustration reaches a peak, they try to scratch your nose and you instinctually lash out and bite their hand.  SNAP !

Now, your thinking Finally, they’ll get the picture that you need help.  Maybe now, these people will stop trying to force you to do scary things… Instead, they discuss having you committed to a mental institution for biting their hand. (That’s euthanasia if you were a dog).  Just how frustrated do you think you could get in this scenario?  Well you’re right, very frustrated and angry.  Can you see how easily your dog can fail to communicate to you that he has a problem and needs help?  OK, now you’re thinking like a dog. Keep that frame of mind and let’s start speaking the language of Canine.

At Longshot Farms we are certified by the AKC to provide the Canine Good Citizen Test.  Click on the links below for more information (pdf format)

AKC Canine Good Citizen Program
AKC  S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

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