Keep Dogs Safe With Proper Training

Target:  Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States

Goal: Require all dogs go through a canine citizen training course.

Every dog needs to have social skills that allow it to function in society. Some dogs are better off being less social, while others crave interaction. But, regardless of their temperament, all dogs need to have tools they can use to become well-behaved members of society. If dogs were given a canine citizen training course, fewer dogs would find themselves in tricky and sometimes even dangerous situations.

The training would simulate different situations that a dog might face when out in public. By exposing dogs to different simulations, this course would desensitize them to situations that might otherwise scare them. These dogs would also be well-versed in basic training commands such as sit, stay and come. Learning these basic commands is crucial to the dog’s safety and for the safety of those around it.

Not all dogs are aware of cars, and those that are may not understand how to avoid them. The canine citizen course would familiarize dogs with cars and the proper behavior to have when around them. Dogs would learn street safety skills and how to look to their human when preparing to cross a road. If a dog had basic commands to prevent it from running into the street, this would minimize road accidents.

The training course would also teach dogs how to be social with other dogs and with humans. When out in public, dogs would have the tools to better deal with situations that might otherwise be stressful. Every dog is different, and the training course would be tailored for each dog depending on its temperament. For dogs more fearful of humans or other animals, they would be taught ways to remove themselves from the situation with the help of their handler.

These dogs will need the positive influence of their human companions, but it’s only fair that we give them their own tools to use when trying to figure out how they fit into our society. Please sign this petition to urge the Humane Society of the United States to create a canine citizen training course for all dogs.


Dear Wayne Pacelle,

There are thousands of dogs in the United States, and many of them aren’t very well behaved. For some of these dogs, they just don’t know what behavior is expected of them. While there are training courses available, many dogs need something else to help them thrive in society.

A canine citizen training course would prepare dogs to be successful members of society. It would give them the behavioral tools they need to interact with humans and other animals in positive ways. Many dogs don’t understand how to behave around cars, nor do they understand that running out into a street isn’t a good idea. This training course would teach them the behaviors they would need to use in these circumstances. It would also teach them how to interact with their human companions and to rely on them for additional behavioral cues. Every dog would also be taught basic commands that are imperative to keeping them safe in any situation.

With all that is expected of our canine companions, it’s only fair to give them the tools they need to successfully thrive in a world dominated by humans. It would keep our companions safe and happy. I urge you to create a citizen training course for our canines and give them the support they need to be happy members of our society.


[Your Name Here]

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