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canine good citizen (cgc) program

how we train:

Get certified in the Canine Good Citizen program.

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a program created by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

According to the AKC:

CGC is a ten-skill training program that’s open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed–that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community. 

Certification is based on evaluation through the following 10 tests:

  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

The CGC test is very similar to the test required to certify your dog as a therapy dog, so we will encourage you to get both certifications at once!

Our trainers are certified CGC Evaluators, so you will not need to go to a third party to get tested.

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