Canine Good Citizen

AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program

We offer evaluations for the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program.

What is the CGC Program?

The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. It 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 from the American Kennel Club.

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.

How the CGC Evaluation Works

The 10-step CGC test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. The test is administered by Elissa Weimer at a park or somewhere neutral and consists of the following:

  • 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

Visit the American Kennel Club's website for more information.


Our adult in-home dog training and board & train clients can elect to take the test for just $30. This includes the $10 processing fee (per dog) that goes to the AKC (or $20 fee if you elect to have the official AKC CGC title listed on your dog's title record). 

If you have not gone through our training program, you can still have your dog evaluated for a fee of $85 (which includes the AKC fee).

Contact us  to learn more or to schedule an evaluation for your dog(s).

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