When can a dog take the Canine Good Citizen test? What to Know

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When can a dog take the Canine Good Citizen test?

Taking the 10-skill CGC test is the final payoff for all your hard work! Once you feel like you and your dog have mastered all ten skills (or completed the appropriate class/training series), you’re ready to take the CGC Test with an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator.

You can take the CGC Test at all Petco’s nationwide and many local AKC Training Clubs.

What is Canine Good Citizen (CGC)?

At the AKC, we believe that all dogs can be good dogs, and all owners can be great owners, all it takes is a little bit of training, lots of love, and of course, plenty of praise along the way.

That’s why we created the Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) program: an expert-made training program designed to help you and your dog be the best you can be–together.

Canine Good Citizen is a 10-skill test that teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners.

CGC is open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed. There are no age minimums or limits for participating in the Canine Good Citizen program, because yes, you can always teach an old dog new tricks!

With that being said, we also know that training a puppy can be very different than training an adult dog. Check out our specialized training program for puppies, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, which teaches the basics to get your puppy off to a good start and is an excellent first in-person training class.

Walking Through A Crowd

Your dog will walk around with you and pass close to several people (at least three). This demonstrates that your dog can move politely in pedestrian traffic and can remain under control in public spaces.

Your dog can show interest in strangers, but must continue to walk with you and avoid any sign of over-exuberance (such as jumping up on strangers or straining on the leash) or shyness.

Training and Preparing Your Dog for The AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.

Dog owners are not always aware of everything they could be doing to improve the lives of their pets. One thing many might not know about is the Canine Good Citizen Test and what it could mean for their dogs.

The Canine Good Citizen test helps promote responsible behavior for dog owners, as well as teach proper training for dogs so they are well-mannered and easy-going around other dogs and people.

The Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) proves that your dog can remain well-mannered in public and be a good canine citizen!