The American Kennel Club is pleased to share the news that in some
regions, NationwideInsurance is issuing homeowners insurance to
owners of breeds previously prohibited by the company, providing
the dog passes the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.
Nationwide has stated: "Nationwide has begun
to allow the owners of certain prohibited dog breeds to attain homeowners
insurance if they provide an original copy of a certificate demonstrating
successful completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen program. This
provision is currently available in limited areas and provided the
applicant meets traditional underwriting requirements. The Canine
Good Citizen program demonstrates responsible dog ownership and
we certainly hope this change will prove successful."
Dog owners should note that at this time, only certain
specified Nationwide regions are participating. The AKC Canine Good
Citizen Program is a certification program that is designed to reward
dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. All dogs
who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the
AKC. The program continues to gain acceptance worldwide as the standard
for welltrained dogs and responsible dog ownership.