Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen 

Started in 1989, The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The CGC 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. Our CGC training is to help owners and their dogs prepare for the AKC CGC certification and our instructors are AKC certified Canine Good Citizen evaluators.                                                                                                                                                    We currently offer a four-week preparatory CGC class and CGC Certification Testing, see schedule below.

 THE CGC TEST INCLUDES:

Accepting a Friendly Stranger The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.

Sitting Politely for Petting The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.

Appearance and Grooming The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead) Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).

Walking Through a Crowd This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).

Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

Coming When Called This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).

Reaction to Another Dog This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

Reaction to Distraction The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.

Supervised Separation This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, “there, there, it’s alright”).

For more detailed information on CGC go to: – http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm

CGC Class Schedule:

Starting Dates

Day

Time

Instructor

Comments

October 5

 Thursday

 7:00-7:45pm

Sheila Bennett

 FULL

 November 2

Thursday

7:00-7:45pm

Sheila Bennett

 

CGC Certification  Test Schedule

 

 Date

Day

Time

Instructor

Comments

December 7

 Thursday

 7:00pm

Tracey Costa

 Limited to 8 dogs! FULL

December 14

 Thursday

 7:00pm

Joseph Mendonca

 Limited to 8 dogs!