Canine Good Citizenship
To learn more about the Canine Good Citizenship, please visit the AKC's website:
AKC's Canine Good Citizenship
The AKC's Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program 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.
This program is open for ALL dogs whether the dog is a purebred or a mixed breed!!
The 10 steps of the CGC test:
- Accepting a friendly stranger
Evaluator approaches, shakes hands with handler. Does not touch dog.
- Sitting politely for petting
Evaluator pets dog, dog must show no shyness or resentment.
- Appearance and grooming
Evaluator inspects dog, combs or brushes lightly, examines ears & each front foot.
- Out for a walk
Handler takes dog for a short walk including right turn, left turn, about turn, and stop.
- Walking through a crowd
Dog and handler walk close to several people; dog may show casual interst but not jump up.
- Sit and down on command/Staying in place
Handler shows dog can do sit and down, then chooses a position, leaves dog and goes to the end of a 20ft. line and returns immediately.
- Coming when called
With dog still on 10 ft. line from Test 6, handler walk out 10ft. and calls the dog.
- Reaction to another dog
Two handlers and dogs approach, shake hands, exchange pleasantries, move on. Dogs can show casual interest.
- Reaction to distractions
Distractions are presented; dog may not panic or show aggression.
- Supervised separation
Handler goes out of sight for 3-min. Dog is held on 6-ft. leash by an evaluator.
In addition to the dog passing the above 10 evaulations, the owner of the dog must sign a owner's commitment to responsible dog ownership. The commitment reads as follows:
I understand that to truly be a Canine Good Citizen, my dog needs a responsible owner, I agree to maintain my dog's health, safety, and quality of life. By participation in the Canine Good Citizen test, I agree:
I will be responsible for my dog's health need. These include:
- routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines
- adequate nutrition through proper diet, clean water at all times
- daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming.
I will be responsible for my dog's safety.
- I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.
- I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).
I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.
- I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
- I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
- I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog's waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.
- I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog's waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.
I will be responsible for my dog's quality of life.
- I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.
- I will give my dog attention and playtime.
- I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.
I'm so excited that my girls have passed their CGC tests. This is the first step in their education/training. I hope there are many more steps we will climb together.
I also hope that you will look into the CGC for YOUR dog/puppy. I've heard that in some areas of the US...insurance companys offer discounts if your dog has their CGC. And some areas, off-leash dog parks are reserved for dogs with a CGC.
The benefits are many...the drawbacks??? I can't think of any!
Again, to learn more about the Canine Good Citizenship, please visit the AKC's website:
AKC's Canine Good Citizenship
Another great resource THE CANINE GOOD CITITZEN.