Canine Good Citizen Certification

Dog Training Certification: Canine Good Citizen

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Canine Good Citizen is a program devised by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The Test

The heart of the CGC program is the 10-step Canine Good Citizen test. At the beginning of the CGC test, handlers sign the Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge before taking their dogs through the 10 step test with an AKC-Approved CGC Evaluator.

CGC Testing Items
  • Test 1: Accepting a Friendly Stranger. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach and speak to the handler (the dog owner) in a natural, everyday situation.
  • Test 2: Sit Politely for Petting. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with the handler.
  • Test 3: Appearance and Grooming. The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
  • Test 4: Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead). Following the evaluator's instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).
  • Test 5: Walking Through a Crowd. The dog will walk through a small crowd of pedestrians, passing in close proximity to at least three people.
  • Test 6: Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place. The dog must demonstrate sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.
  • Test 7: Coming When Called. The dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet away on leash).
  • Test 8: Reaction to Another Dog. The dog will behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.
  • Test 9: Reaction to Distractions. The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.
  • Test 10: Supervised Separation. This test demonstrates that your dog can be left with a trusted person. The evaluator will hold your dog's leash while you go out of sight for three minutes.

Testing Dates

No tests are scheduled at this time.

Please let us know if you're interested.


The cost of the CGC test is $50. We need to receive payment in advance in order to reserve your place.

There is also a nominal fee that you will need to submit to the AKC in order to receive your actual certificate.

Time Requirement

The test takes about 15 minutes to finish, per dog. There will be other dogs on the date you arrive, so will need to be patient as we take each dog one by one through the test.

If Your Dog Doesn't Pass

In order to receive your certification, your dog needs to pass every skill as part of the overall test, as judged by our evaluators. If it doesn't pass a certain skill, you can try again the next time. The same fee applies to additional tests.