Canine Good Citizen Program

Timmi 2-12-14

Next week Timmi starts training for her CGC Test. We are hoping to complete all ten objectives over a six week period. She has a good start, actually, she has a great start, I have been working with her on my own for a long time.

We will begin formal formal obedience classes this Monday at 7PM to fine tune her training and hopefully by early summer she will earn her CGC title.

From there,  I’ll be making a decision to either continue showing her in Obedience, or use her as a Therapy dog… or both.

More About the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program, established in 1989, is an American Kennel Club program to promote responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs. A dog and handler team must take a short behavioral evaluation of less than half an hour; dogs who pass the evaluation earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate, which many people represent after the dog’s name, abbreviating it as CGC; for example, “Fido, CGC”.

The evaluation consists of ten objectives. All items must be completed satisfactorily or the team fails. Test items include:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger.
  • Sitting politely for petting.
  • Allowing basic grooming procedures.
  • Walking on a loose lead.
  • Walking through a crowd.
  • Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.
  • Coming when called.
  • Reacting appropriately to another dog.
  • Reacting appropriately to distractions.
  • Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner.

Evaluators sometimes combine elements during the actual test.

If all ten objectives are met, the handler can apply for a certificate and special dog tag from the AKC stating that the dog has earned the CGC.

Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC to earn a CGC, nor do they have to be purebred or, in fact, registered with any canine organization. The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs.

Since its inception, the CGC program has become the model for similar programs around the world, is the backbone of other exams, such as those given for therapy dogs, and is a good starting point for more advanced dog training.


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5 Responses to Canine Good Citizen Program

  1. Pathfinder Pursuits says:

    My Great Pyrenees Jack and I did it. It is a great program.
    Good luck!

  2. My dog is trained in all these areas but just flat out refuses unless for food. He’s a stubborn doxie 🙂

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