Canine Good Citizen Test

In response to COVID-19, AHS is working to safely resume services in phases. Currently, the Canine Good Citizen Test remains temporarily suspended. 

If you have any questions, please call 763-489-2217.

Black Labrador Retriever sitting in the grass on a sunny day

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 location. The test is currently available only to Training School students.  If you are not a student with the Training School, please contact us for more information.

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


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

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline