Canine Good Citizen Test

Loretta Cleveland is certified from the American Kennel Club to give The Good Citizen Test. Your dog must pass ten exercises (shown on the right) to pass the Good Citizen Test. If he/she does passes you will receive a certificate from The American Kennel Club. This is a great way to get your dog prepared for therapy work. We do offer group classes to get your dog prepared to take the test.

Started in 1989, CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you'll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events.

The Canine Good Citizen Test
10 Exercises

Accepting A Friendly Stranger

Sitting Politely For Petting

Appearance and Grooming

Out For A Walk

Walking Through A Crowd

Sit And Down On Command/Staying In Place

Coming When Called

Reaction to Another Dog

Reaction To Distractions

Supervised Separation

The Canine Good Citizen Test

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