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AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep


6 weeks | Starts July 14 at 5:00pm

Preparing for the CGC is valuable for many different reasons – manners for dogs that are training to become therapy dogs, control for dogs getting ready to compete in dog sports, a goal for all pet dogs to achieve.

The CGC Test will be session #6 as part of this course.


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What is the Canine Good Citizen Program?

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. The Canine Good Citizen Program teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners.

Started in 1989, The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The CGC Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test will receive a certificate of title from the American Kennel Club.

Benefits of the CGC Program

Working with your dog to teach the CGC skills offers a variety of benefits for you and your pet. In addition to improving your dog’s manners, training also helps enhance the bond between you and your pet. Dogs with solid obedience education are more fun to live with and better behaved around people and other dogs.

The CGC certification can also be helpful when renting an apartment or condo, and may even save you some money on your homeowner’s insurance, as many companies now offer discounts for CGC-certified dogs.

The CGC Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events, and many therapy and service organizations use the CGC as a screening tool or prerequisite for participants.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluation

The 10-step CGC test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds.

The CGC test includes:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Sitting Politely for Petting
  • Appearance and Grooming
  • Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
  • Walking Through a Crowd
  • Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
  • Coming When Called
  • Reaction to Another Dog
  • Reaction to Distraction
  • Supervised Separation

Prerequisite: Basic Obedience – Level 1 or equivalent

Why we don’t conduct the test as part of class:  Each test takes approximately 20 minutes, in a 1 hour class we would barely get 3 tests conducted.  Our class usually coaches 6 students in class.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not feed your dog their regular meal immediately before your training session. If your lesson interrupts your regular feeding schedule, please feed your dog only a small portion of their regular meal.

All handlers must be 18 years or older and physically able to restrain the dog. Persons under the age of 18 are only permitted to hold the leash with an adult present and handling a secondary safety line.

No Refunds on any service for any reason. Once you reserve your spot in a class OR purchase an item, there is no refund opportunity for any reason. No exceptions.

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