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Jesse James, a rescued boxer owned by Lynn and Jim Nobil of Bar Harbor, dons a mortarboard for his graduation from the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program Tuesday.

Three dogs and their owners participated in the four-week class taught by Rod Sparkowich of Coastal K9 Consulting. Classes were held at the SPCA of Hancock County and Maine Pet and Aquarium. The program culminated with a 10-part test of the dogs’ skills in public.

Testing was done next to Maine Pet, where the store’s owners hope to create a dog park. Owner Sharon Yeung said the store has raised half of the $3,000 needed to build a fence for the park.

Sophie, Jessie James and Vlade participated in the 10 item test and needed to pass all 10 to earn their CGC Certificates.