Canine Good Citizen test

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) is a certification program that evaluates dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

The purpose of the test is to ensure that dogs are respected members of their communities and are trained to act mannerly in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs. Dogs that pass the CGC test are deemed to be reliable family and community members and will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Any dog is eligible to take the CGC test. All dogs are welcome to be tested at AHS whether or not they have been through the Training School at AHS or other training programs. There is a $10 fee to take the test for dogs not currently enrolled in AHS’s Training School. The fee for current students is $5.

For a detailed description of the Canine Good Citizen program, please click to visit the American Kennel Club's website.

The test is offered at our Golden Valley and Coon Rapids locations. See our Training School schedules for upcoming dates.

Registration is required to take the CGC test. Please call (763) 489-2217 to register.

The ten-step CGC certification tests the following:

  • Greets a friendly stranger.
  • Sits politely for petting.
  • Welcomes being groomed, brushed; allows paws and ears to be handled.
  • Walks as directed on a loose leash.
  • Moves politely through a crowd.
  • Sits, lies down and stays in place on command.
  • Comes when called.
  • Behaves politely around other dogs.
  • Reacts with confidence to distractions.
  • Can be left with a trusted person.

The CGC test is a requirement for owners and dogs interested in the animal therapy program.

Questions?

Review our Training School FAQ, call us at 763-489-2217, or send an email.