Six Dogs Graduating from 1st Class of the Canine Good Citizenship Course

Six Dogs Graduating from 1st Class of the Canine Good Citizenship Course at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Special Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 29th at 11am

West Palm Beach, FL – Every dog has its day and on Tuesday, May 29, from 11am to 12pm, six adorable and adoptable dogs from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will enjoy their graduation day! The first Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) class will celebrate their completion of this six-week pilot program and receive their “dogplomas” at the League located at 3200 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach, FL.  Once the dogs complete their final test at 11am, a graduation ceremony will immediately follow. 


In an effort to increase adoptability of the League’s square-headed dogs, also known as pit bulls, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League chose six adoptable shelter dogs to participate in its first program. The dogs chosen include Jada, who was the oldest dog in the program at 7-years old and the League’s longest-term attendees: Goldie (362 days) and Mona Lisa (330 days).  A staff member or volunteer commits to working with a particular dog for the entire six-week course.  They not only have to attend the hour-long class once a week, they also come to the shelter and spend time training the dog at least three times per week.


Canine Good Citizen is part of the AKC Family Dog Program and many dog owners choose CGC as their first step in training their dogs.  It also provides a great foundation for getting started in dog sports.  Those that participate in the CGC program realize many benefits and joys of training; including, enhancing the bond with their dog. Dogs with basic obedience training are a pleasure to live with, interacting well with other people and pets, and responding well to household routines. The CGC program offers many practical advantages as well, such as being a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups and some homeowner’s insurance companies encourage CGC testing. There is also an increasing number of apartments and condos that require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The CGC tagline is “Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs” which is what this program is all about.


Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, stated, “In order to be officially CGC certified, a dog must have a pet parent, so when folks adopt a dog that has gone through this program, we will offer the new parent a free six-week training session and test right here on our campus.”


For more information about the AKC CGC class visit  Peggy Adams offers free drop-in obedience classes which restart on June 9, 2018. To learn more about these classes and/or how to adopt one of these dogs, please visit Adoption fees are waived to dogs 40lbs and over.


About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League


The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. For more information, visit


The League is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925.




All programs at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League support the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) initiative and its goal of saving all adoptable animals in Palm Beach County.  C2Z was launched by Peggy Adams in 2014 in partnership with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (PBCACC).  As part of the C2Z effort, Peggy Adams and PBCACC host the Annual Countdown 2 Zero Mega-Adoption Event which brings together more than 30 local rescue groups and features more than 500 adoptable animals.  For more information visit


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