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-Sentner 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 & Down on Command and Staying in Place
  • Coming When Called
  • Reaction to Another Dog
  • Reaction to a Distraction
  • Supervised Separation

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

Cost

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).

Methods

Learn about our approach to dog training

In-Home Dog Training

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

Board & Train

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

Group Classes

Our small Group Classes are unlike others

Adventures

We go on adventures with our clients and their dogs

Canine Good Citizen

We can certify your dog as a Canine Good Citizen