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Canine Good Citizen



The AKC started the Canine Good Citizen Program in 1989 as a means of rewarding dogs who are well-behaved companions at home and in the community. A key component of the CGC Program is the 10-step CGC test issued by our AKC certified evaluators.

  • Item #1 Accept a Friendly Stranger
  • Item #2 Sit Politely For Petting
  • Item #3 Appearance and Grooming
  • Item #4 Our For a Walk (On a Loose Leash)
  • Item #5 Walk Through a Crowd
  • Item #6 Sit and Down on Command / Staying in Place
  • Item #7 Come When Called
  • Item #8 Reaction to Another dog
  • Item #9 Reactions to Distractions
  • Item #10 Supervised Separation

Why Do it? Earning the CGC award will ensure that your dog is a well-respected member of your community. Also, some therapy dog groups require the CGC as a prerequisite. In addition, Canine Good Citizen training is a fun way to spend time with your dog and will help you establish a closer bond.

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