What is Canine Good Citizen?
The Canine Good Citizen Program is a product of the American Kennel Club. It is a two-part
program designed to:
1.teach responsible dog ownership to owners and
2.certify dogs that have the training and demeanor to be reliable, well behaved members of
their families and communities.
The purpose of the CGC Program is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog,
can be a respected member of the community because it is trained to act mannerly in
the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. The Canine Good
Citizen Program welcomes both purebred and mixed-breed dogs. The CGC is
noncompetitive. All dogs who pass all 10 items of the test receive a certificate from
the American Kennel Club. Dogs are not required to perform items on the test with
the precision required in formal obedience.
There is NO AGE LIMIT for dogs taking the CGC test. All dogs participating must be current
on the rabies and DHLPP vaccinations. All test are evaluated on a "Pass" / "Needs More
Test 1: Accepting a Friendly Stranger
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the
handler in a natural, everyday situation.
Test 2: Sitting Politely for Petting
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its
Test 3: Appearance and Grooming
This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will
permit a stranger, such as a veterinarian, groomer, or friend of the owner, to do so. This test also
demonstrates the owner's care, concern, and sense of responsibility.
Test 4: Out For a Walk (walking on a loose leash)
This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of
the handler, whichever the handler prefers.
Test 5: Walking Through a Crowd
Test 6: Sit and Down on Command/ Staying in Place
This test demonstrates that the dog as training and will respond to the handler's commands to sit
and down, and will remain in the place commanded by the handler.
Test 7: Coming When Called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler.
Test 8: Reaction to Another Dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs.
Test 9: Reaction to Distractions
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting
Test 10: Supervised Separation
This test demonstrates that the dog can be left in the presence of a trusted person and will
maintain its training and good manners.
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