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CGC Testing

American Kennel Club Certifications

This class preps for and administers the CGC test for your dog. The CGC class teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step Canine Good Citizen test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. 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.

If your dog already knows these commands and you are just interested in completing the test and receiving the certification from the AKC it’s $40 plus tax per test. 9/10 dogs pass the first time! As long as your dog has previous training with you and knows all these commands and you practice before you should be able to pass with flying colors.

However, ​if you want to take the test in the future and need help to get there please refer to Basic Obedience and Advanced Obedience.

For more information on the AKC visit,

Canine Good Citizen Test Items


Test 1 : Accepting a friendly stranger

Test 2 : Sitting politely for petting
Test 3 : Appearance and grooming
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
Test 5: Walking through a crowd
Test 6: Sit and down on cue and stay in place
Test 7: Coming when called
Test 8: Reaction to another dog
Test 9: Reaction to distraction
Test 10: Supervised separation

AKC Family Dog Program

Fun fact: CGC is a core part of the AKC Family Dog Program, an umbrella program designed to help dogs and their owners develop a lifelong bond and become well-socialized members of the community. AKC Family Dog includes the 4 levels of the Canine Good Citizen program:  AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, and AKC Urban CGC. AKC Family Dog also includes other fun activities for you and your canine family member like AKC Therapy Dog, AKC Trick Dog, AKC FIT DOG and the AKC Temperament Test. After CGC Testing, you and your dog can simply enjoy a happy, healthy life  together, or move on to advanced levels of the Family Dog Program, like AKC Community Canine or AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen.

Congratulations Isla

Give this girl a huge round of applause for having completed her CGC course with us and is ready for CGC Testing.

Congratulations Picasso

CGC class with Picasso

Sabrina and her dog Picasso completed training with us and took the Canine Good Citizenship Test in perfect rhythm!

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