Canine Good Citizen

AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program

*CGC testing and prep class not available at all locations

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.

CGC Prep Class 

This group class is designed to prepare your dog to pass the CGC Test with flying colors! It focuses on loose leash walking, walking past people and other dogs, recall from far distances with distractions, longer waits while you are out-of-sight, and sitting for greetings, brushing, and to be petted. The class is not required to take the CGC Test.

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 one of our accredited CGC test evaluators at a park or somewhere neutral and consists of the following:

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


Our Adult In-Home Training and Stay & Train clients can elect to take the test for $30.00. If you elect to have the official AKC CGC title listed on your dog’s title record, you would remit payment of $25.00 (per dog) directly to the AKC with a copy of your passing exam sheet. If you elect to have the CGC certificate only, you would then remit payment of $15.00 (per dog) to the AKC with a copy of your passing exam sheet.

If you have not gone through our training program, you can still have your dog evaluated for a fee of $85.00. Processing fees for certificates and title record updates are still to be remitted directly to the AKC with a copy of your passing exam sheet.


Learn about our approach to dog training

In-Home Dog Training

We come to you and train in the dog's home

Stay & Train

Leave your dog with us and we'll do all the training

Group Classes

Our small Group Classes are unlike others

Virtual Dog Training

Train your dog online with one-on-one coaching​​


We go on adventures with our clients and their dogs

Canine Good Citizen

We can certify your dog as a Canine Good Citizen

therapy dog training

Therapy Dog

We can certify your dog as therapy dog