Canine Good Citizen is a program that promotes responsible dog ownership and basic good manners for any dog.
AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program started in 1989 to acknowledge and encourage good manners for dogs in the home and the community. According to the AKC website, as of 2013, Canine Good Citizen® became an official AKC title records of dogs registered or listed in the AKC.* There is no age limit or breed restrictions. Over the years, it has grown to be a nationally recognized program that focuses on positive reinforcement and has become the basis for many training such as service, therapy, obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events.
*AKC registered, AKC Canine Partners,and PAL (Purebred Alternative Listing)
Canine Good Citizen Test Items
• Accepting a Friendly Stranger
• Sitting Politely for Petting
• Appearance and Grooming
• Out for a Walk (Walking on a loose leash.)
• Walking Through a Crowds
• Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
• Coming When Called
• Reaction to Another Dog
• Reaction to Distraction
• Supervised Separation
Each human/dog team will have an opportunity to test for the Canine Good Citizen Certificate at the end of the training. If unsuccessful during the final session, retesting is available at no additional charge.
• Buckle or Slip Collar (including martingale) made of leather, fabric, or chain
• Body Harness (Optional but cannot be restrictingor used as no-pull.)
• 6ft Leash either Leather or fabric and 20ft Long-leash
• Brush, Comb, or Grooming Mitt (Whichever is used for the dog.)
• Dog poop bags
• Treats and clickers will not be permitted during the test but can be used during training.
Other Canine and Human Participants
There will be times when another canine or individual (stranger) will be used for testing. “Any dog that growls or snaps at, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack another person or another dog” will be dismissed from the test. Should the Evaluator observe any signs of aggression, the test will be continued.
During training, some sessions and the test will be held in a public place (pet friendly location or public park). The location will be discussed and agreed upon by the Owner and Evaluator/Trainer prior to the scheduled session.
Once testing has been successfully completed, the evaluator will provide the Test/Registration Form. There are two options to register through the AKC.
• For the CGC certificate and to be listed to the dog’s title record, the processing fee is $20.00.
• For the CGC certificate, the processing fee is $10.00.
Optional Additional Levels
• AKC Community Canine
• AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen
For additional information, feel free to visit www.akc.org.