did your dog pass Canine Good Citizen class do you know what that class requires?


  1. A J ❤'s her K-9

    AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program
    Training/Testing: CGC Test Items
    Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.
    After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:
    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. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.
    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 handler. With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.
    Test 3: Appearance and grooming
    This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.
    Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
    This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.
    Test 5: Walking through a crowd
    This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.
    Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
    This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog’s leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.
    Test 7: Coming when called
    This test demonstrates that the dog will come when call

  2. A J ❤'s her K-9

    A CGC class consists of a ten part exercise consisting of
    1) allowing a friendly stranger to approach
    2) sitting calmly to be pet
    3) allowing handling for grooming/physical examination
    4) heeling politely on loose leash
    5) walking calmly through crowded area
    6) sit on command/down on command
    7) coming when called
    8) greeting another well behaved dog without showing aggression
    9) handling distractions
    10) behaving well when in care of another while owner is out of sight.
    Praise is allowed but no treats no toys
    no special training collar
    slip or fitted collars are accepted
    any dog that shows aggression, fearful, biting,growling, urination is grounds for dismissal
    dog must pass all 10 in order to receive a CGC certificate


    Are you just taking the test or attending classes too?
    Most places offer a series of classes and then offer the test. The classes will prepare you for everything in the test. Basically, walking well on leash, sit, stay, greeting other people and dogs, walking through a crowd, being exposed to strange sounds, sitting and staying while you leave the room, etc. there is a website that explains the different tasks…

  4. c.k.

    I can’t remember everything.
    The dog has to walk a figure 8 between 2 dogs sitting. ( 25 feet) and ignore them.
    The dog has to stay in a sit while you leave the room and come back.
    Children , dogs etc. walk by the dog and he has to stay seated.

  5. Kelle

    Yes.And I was his teacher too..PupPup is a great learner.He gets things pretty fast.Except to stop chasing after those darn cats next door.She has at least 13 that I know of.Boy PupPup is in doggie heaven here with those cats!!!LOL

  6. sushisue

    I personally trained it but it died 3 years ago so I can`t be of much help.
    Why not search it Dog training on youtube

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