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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. Dogs that pass the CGC test are considered reliable family and community members and will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

We offer the test at our Golden Valley and Coon Rapids locations. The test is $10 for dogs not currently enrolled in our Training School and $5 for current Training School students. Registration is required and can be scheduled by calling our Training School at 763-489-2217.

The CGC test evaluates dogs on 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