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:

  1. Accepting a friendly stranger
    Evaluator approaches, shakes hands with handler. Does not touch dog.
  2. Sitting politely for petting
    Evaluator pets dog, dog must show no shyness or resentment.
  3. Appearance and grooming
    Evaluator inspects dog, combs or brushes lightly, examines ears & each front foot.
  4. Out for a walk
    Handler takes dog for a short walk including right turn, left turn, about turn, and stop.
  5. Walking through a crowd
    Dog and handler walk close to several people; dog may show casual interst but not jump up.
  6. 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.
  7. Coming when called
    With dog still on 10 ft. line from Test 6, handler walk out 10ft. and calls the dog.
  8. Reaction to another dog
    Two handlers and dogs approach, shake hands, exchange pleasantries, move on. Dogs can show casual interest.
  9. Reaction to distractions
    Distractions are presented; dog may not panic or show aggression.
  10. 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'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!

Good luck!!!!


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.


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