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Canine Good Citizen Week 3
May 2, 2023
The Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC) teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step CGC test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds.
The Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC) teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step CGC test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. It is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups, and some homeowner’s insurance companies encourage CGC testing. There is also an increasing number of apartments and condos that require resident dogs to pass the CGC test.
Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge.
We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept, and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training, and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.
After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:
- Accepting a friendly stranger
- Sitting politely for petting appearance and grooming
- Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
- Walking through a crowd
- Sit and down on command and Staying in place Coming when called
- Reaction to another dog
- Reaction to distraction
- Supervised separation
- Grooming and handling
- Medical equipment
- Multiple people petting
- Leave it*
- Group Sit, Group Down, Group Stay
*These are additional items needed to Test for RocDog Therapy Dog Testing – A $20 fee to the trainer will apply on test night