AKC Canine Good Citizen


The CGC class is five weeks long with four weeks of instruction. On the fifth week your dog will be evaluated by an AKC evaluator. The class is $140 per dog but includes the evaluation fee. If your dog does not pass the evaluation you may re-test at the next class at no charge.

The CGC program offers many practical advantages and is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner’s insurance companies encourage CGC testing and an increasing number of apartments and condos require resident dogs pass the CGC test.

CGC is part of the AKC Family Dog Program and many dog owners choose CGC as their first step in training their dogs. It also provides a great foundation for getting started in dog sports.

The CGC class is not a basic obedience class. The class will focus on how to pass the 10 events in the evaluation.

We recommend registering for a basic obedience class before registering for the CGC class.


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Testing Items:

  1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger.
  2. Sit Politely for Petting.
  3. Appearance and Grooming.
  4. Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead).
  5. Walking Through a Crowd.
  6. Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place.
  7. Coming When Called.
  8. Reaction to Another Dog.
  9. Reaction to Distractions.
  10. Supervised Separation.