Canine Good Citizen

Dog taking the CGC test

Content: The AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program started in 1989. CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the CGC test can receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club and be recorded in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen archives. The purpose of the Canine Good Citizen program is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community. To pass, dogs take the 10 item Canine Good Citizen Test. Items on the test include: Accepting a friendly stranger, Sitting Politely for petting, Appearance and grooming, out for a walk, Walking through a crowd, Sit and down on command, Coming when called, Reaction to another dog, Reaction to distraction and Supervised separation. Visit the American Kennel Club's website for specifics on each test. 

Prerequisites: Dogs must be age-appropriately vaccinated; Dogs must be healthy including being free from internal and external parasites (including fleas, ticks, worms, etc); Dog & Handler must have completed Intermediate Dog & Handler.

Schedule: Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks on the same day of the week and at the same time all 6 weeks unless otherwise noted.  The length of each class is 45 minutes.

Equipment: A travel crate/kennel for the 6th week during testing.

Testing: The AKC Canine Good Citizen test will be given the 6th week of class.  Any registrant wishing to test must bring a $10 testing fee.  Attendees will be asked to function as "members of the crowd" during the testing.

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