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AKC Canine Good Citizen

The CGC Program is designed to teach responsible dog ownership to owners and certify dogs that have the training and behaviors needed to be reliable, well-behaved members of their families and communities. The purpose is to ensure that your 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.  

Canine Good Citizen Test 


Accepting a friendly stranger 

​*Evaluator approaches and shakes hands, does not pet dog.


Sitting politely for petting 

​*Dog must show no shyness or resentment 


Appearance and grooming


*Evaluator inspects dog, comb/brushes, examines ears, and each front paw


Out for a walk

​*Right turn, Left turn, U-turn, and stop


Walking through a crowd 

​*Walk close to several people, dog may show casual interest but not jump up


Sit and Down on cue / 

Staying in place 

​*Dog stays in Sit or Down then owner walks 20 ft. and returns without dog breaking command


Coming when called 

​*From a 10 ft. distance 


Reaction to another dog 

​*Two handlers and dogs approach (dogs on opposite sides), shake hands, exchange pleasantries, then move on.


Reaction to distractions

​*Dog may not panic or show aggression 


Supervised seperation

​*Handler goes out of sight for 3 minutes, dog may not pull, bark, or show signs of distress

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