Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification

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Canine Good Citizenship Program

Responsible Owners – Well-Mannered Dogs

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior.

In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, “CGC” after their names.

The 10-step Canine Good Citizen test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner’s insurance companies are encouraging CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The CGC Program also includes the AKC CGC℠ Responsible Dog Owner Pledge.

The Canine Good Citizen Test Includes:

  1. Accepting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting Politely for Petting
  3. Appearance and Grooming
  4. Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
  5. Walking Through a Crowd
  6. Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
  7. Coming When Called
  8. Reaction to Another Dog
  9. Reaction to Distraction
  10. Supervised Separation

Click here for more information on the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship (AKC CGC) test.

The cost for the test is $10 for walk-ins, the test is free for dogs who have if taken an obedience class at Walkers Pet HoTail within the past year.  Dogs who have completed the Intermediate Obedience Class at Walkers should be ready to take this test.