NYC funeral home dog is 1 millionth ‘canine good citizen’

NEW YORK (AP) — Who’s a good dog? The American Kennel Club says there are a million of them.

The club is announcing Wednesday that a Bernese mountain dog named Fiona recently became its 1 millionth “canine good citizen.” That includes dogs past and present.

Fiona and owner Nora Pavone (puh-VOHN’) had a special reason for pursuing the club’s mark of canine comportment. Fiona spends her days comforting people at the Pavone family’s Brooklyn funeral home.

The club introduced the canine good citizen title in 1989 to promote polite doggy behavior and responsible pet ownership. Purebred and mixed-breed dogs are eligible, at any age.

They take a test that involves sitting, staying and coming when called, as well as such skills as walking through a crowd and accepting pets from a handler-approved stranger.

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