Enjoy the rewarding accomplishment of earning AKC’s Canine Good Citizenship certification. This is a great step in professional training, and lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking and performance events.  

The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers a certification open to all dogs, both pure bred and mixed breeds with no age limit. The purpose of the CGC program is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it has been trained to be well behaved in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. Keep in mind that the CGC test is noncompetitive and dogs are not required to perform with the same precision required in formal obedience.

Therapy Dog International does have their own testing procedures and policies, however, TDI uses the AKC Canine Good Citizen test as a key component of its therapy dog assessment. TDI can be reached at www.tdi-dog.org. If you are interested in the TDI program, I have passed their test with Annie and can give you details.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification requirements:

  • Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
  • Test 3: Appearance and grooming
  • Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
  • Test 5: Walking through a crowd
  • Test 6: Sit and down on command and Stay
  • Test 7: Coming when called
  • Test 8: Reaction to another dog
  • Test 9: Reaction to distraction
  • Test 10: Supervised separation

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