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The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Almost one million dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, have participated in the program since it began in 1989.

The CGC program offers many practical advantages too. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowners insurance companies encourage CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The tagline of the CGC program is, “Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs,” and that is what CGC is all about.


CGC Test Items

  • Test 1: 

  • Test 2: Sit Politely for Petting.  The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with the handler.

  • Test 3: Appearance and Grooming. The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

  • Test 4: Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead). Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).

  • Test 5: Walking Through a Crowd. The dog will walk through a small crowd of pedestrians, passing in close proximity to at least three people.

  • Test 6: Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place. The dog must demonstrate sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

  • Test 7: Coming When Called.  The dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet away on leash).

  • Test 8: Reaction to Another Dog. The dog will behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

  • Test 9: Reaction to Distractions. The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.

  • Test 10: Supervised Separation. This test demonstrates that your dog can be left with a trusted person. The evaluator will hold your dog’s leash while you go out of sight for three minutes.


Through a series of 6 private lessons we will help you learn how to get your dog ready to pass a CGC evaluation.  Certain behavioral guideline will need to be met in order to qualify for this program.


Contact us for a free evaluation.


Our CGC Board & Train program is completely customisable to meet your dog's current level of proficiency. Whether you have a dog that just needs a bit of work on a few of the test items, or a completely untrained dog with Behavioral issues, we can custom tailor a program to get your dog ready to pass the CGC Evaluation. 

Contact us today for a free evaluation.


We offer FREE evaluations to ANY of our customers but if you already have a dog that is ready to take the CGC test, our testing is offered at a cost of $20 per dog.

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