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Dog Obedience: Canine Good Citizen Training

dog schoolClass will prepare dog owners and dogs (dogs must be 6 months or older) for the AKC (American Kennel Association) Canine Good Citizen Test which is the gold standard for behavior for dogs in our communities. The CGC test is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups, homeowner’s insurance agencies, and an increasing number of property management programs require that resident dogs pass.

The following test items will be covered in class:
  • Accepting a Friendly Stranger. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach and speak to the handler (the dog owner) in a natural, everyday situation.
  • Sit Politely for Petting.  The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with the handler.
  • Appearance and Grooming. The dog will permit someone to check its 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. The dog will walk through a small crowd of pedestrians, passing in close proximity to at least three people.
  • Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place. The dog must demonstrate sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.
  • Coming When Called.  The dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet away on leash).
  • Reaction to Another Dog. The dog will 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 Distractions. The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.
  • Supervised Separation. This test demonstrates that your dog can be left with a trusted person. The evaluator will hold your dog’s leash while you go out of sight for three minutes.
Class does not include the AKC test, but after class students can sign up to take the test with Brian, who is an AKC approved evaluator. 
Material needed will be high value treats, a 6-foot lease and a 10-20ft leash.
Dogs will remain on leash at all times.