American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Testing

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification

Using a Robinson Dog Training trainer to prepare your pet dog for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test offers a multitude of benefits. Our trainers are not only experienced professionals in dog training but also official evaluators for the test, which means they possess a deep understanding of the requirements and standards set by the AKC. This expertise ensures that your dog receives the most effective and accurate training, increasing their chances of success in achieving the CGC certification. Moreover, our trainers have extensive knowledge and experience in working with various breeds and temperaments, tailoring their approach to suit your dog’s unique needs and abilities.  With their guidance, your dog will develop essential skills such as polite manners, obedience, and socialization, all of which are crucial for a well-rounded and well-behaved companion. Ultimately, utilizing a Robinson Dog Training trainer for the CGC test preparation guarantees a professional and comprehensive training experience that maximizes your dog’s potential to excel in the assessment and become a model citizen.

We offer The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test at a location in your area that works for your schedule. Do you want CGC certification? Not only can we prepare you for CGC certification, but we are also certified to administer the test. Our AKC-certified evaluator will be happy to help you achieve your goals of GCG certification.
Did you know that with your CGC certificate, you can do therapy work in hospitals, nursing homes, and other places where your dog can brighten someone’s day?

CGC is often the first step in the therapy dog training process. Please remember that therapy dogs are not required legally to be allowed into establishments that do not allow pets. Each establishment may have specific requirements other than the CGC for therapy work.

The CGC program, established in 1989, is an American Kennel Club program promoting responsible dog ownership and encouraging the training of well-mannered dogs. A dog and handler team must take a short behavioral evaluation of less than half an hour. Dogs who pass the evaluation earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate. Many people represent this after the dog’s name, abbreviating it as CGC; The evaluation consists of ten objectives. All items must be completed satisfactorily, or the team will fail.

10 TEST Items:

1. Accepting a friendly stranger.
2. Sitting politely for petting.
3. Allowing basic grooming procedures.
4. Walking on a loose lead.
5. Walking through a crowd.
6. Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.
7. Coming when called.
8. Reacting appropriately to another dog.
9. Reacting appropriately to distractions.
10.Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner.

If all ten objectives are met, the handler may apply for a certificate and a special dog tag from the AKC stating the dog has earned the CGC. Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC to earn a CGC, be purebred, or be registered with any canine organization.

The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs. Since its inception, the CGC program has become the model for similar programs worldwide. This is the backbone of other exams, such as those for therapy dogs, and is a good starting point for more advanced dog training. The program has also been an important option for some communities wrestling with whether to adopt breed-specific legislation (BSL).

Cities like Pasco, Washington, had pit bull owner problems. Their hybrid program allowed owners to secure expensive insurance or have their dogs pass the CGC test. In this case, the test was more of a Good Canine Owner test and drastically reduced dog threats and attacks.

This is a great test for all Phoenix dog owners who want to get the most out of their dog obedience training. Hiring the right dog trainer in Phoenix is of the utmost importance when you want real results without any gimmicks. Serving the greater Phoenix area and providing professional Phoenix in-home dog training.