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AKC's Canine Good Citizen® Program

Is your dog a Canine Good Citizen? With this program they will be!

The Canine Good CitizenĀ® (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 may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.This class includes the CGC test in the final class, if your dog is ready!
This is a great bonding experience for you and your dog, and is fun and challenging!
We highly recommend the CGC Program for those who own dogs that are purebred or mixed with 'restricted-breed' candidates for home-owners associations and rental agreements. These include, but are not limited to:  Pit Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, Akitas, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, Bull Mastiffs, Huskies, Wolf Hybrids, Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, Saint Bernards, Great Danes.
This is an 8 week class and will require that your dog has either completed our Beginner Group Class or is at equal level of obedience.
The classes are Wednesdays at 6.00 pm, call to book your space today!
CGC Class Fee (including CGC test) :  $120/per  3 week course
CGC Test Only: $20



1.  Accepting a friendly stranger:

Your dog must allow a neutral, friendly stranger to approach you and they will speak to you in a natural, everyday tone.  Your dog may not show aggression or shyness and should hold a position by your side, not jumping at or on the person.

2.  Sitting politely for petting:

Your dog must allow a neutral, friendly stranger to pet on the head and body without showing aggression, shyness or defensive behavior.  The dog should appear to be under control during the exercise without excessive coaching by the handler.

3.   Appearance and Grooming:

Your dog must welcome being groomed and examined by a stranger and not show aggression or shyness. The evaluator will pick up each foot, examine the ears and run a brush over your dog. You should not have to apply restraint or force your dog to accept handling.

4.  Out for a walk:

Your dog must be able to walk beside you on either side you want on a slack leash.  You will be asked to make a right turn, a left turn , a 180 degree turn and some halts. Your dog should not be straining at the leash so it is pulled tight.  An occasional tightening of the leash is acceptable.

5.  Walking through a crowd:

Your dog will have to walk with you through several people milling about.  They may look unusual or have objects in their hands or on their bodies.  Your dog must demonstrate the ability to walk with you without over exuberance, shyness or resentment.

6.  Sit and Down on command/Staying in place: This test is a demonstration of the dog's level of training.  You will be asked to sit your dog, down your dog and leave the dog in a stay while you go to the end of a 20' leash.  The dog must remain in place until the guardian returns.

7.  Coming when called:

Your dog will be on a 20' long line and you will be asked to leave your dog and go to the end of the line.  You may tell your dog to stay or wait.  The evaluator will assist if your dog tries to follow you.  You will turn and call your dog.  You may use body language and encouragement.  Your dog should come to you, not avoid you or try to get around you.

8.  Reaction to another dog:

This tests shows that your dog can behave politely around other dogs.  You and your dog and another handler and dog will approach each other from a distance of about 20', stop, shake hands, exchange pleasantries and continue on.  Your dog may show mild interest in the other dog but may not go toward the other dog.

9.  Reaction to distractions:

This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations.  Two distractions will be presented, one visual and one auditory.  Your dog may show casual interest and may appear startled, but should not panic and pull at the leash to get away.  You may talk to your dog and give encouragement, instructions and praise.

10.  Supervised Separation (3 minutes): This test demonstrates that your dog can be left in the presence of a person and will maintain h/er training and good manners.  The dog does not have to stay in position, but may not bark, whine, howl or panic. This is usually the test that separates the dogs from the puppies.