AKC - Canine Good Citizen Certificate

The CGC TEST consists of 10 skills needed by all well-mannered dogs.

All of the exercises are done on a leash. You can attend a basic training or CGC class to teach your dog the CGC behaviors, or if you have the skills and knowledge, you can teach your dog the CGC skills. When your dog is ready, you’ll sign up for a CGC test administered by SK9S AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. When your dog passes the CGC test, SK9S will give you the paperwork to send to AKC to request the CGC certificate.
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the
handler in a natural, everyday situation.

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its

Test 3: Appearance and grooming
The dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit
someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so.
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

The handler/dog team will take a short “walk” to show that the dog is in
control while walking on a leash.

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least
three) to demonstrate that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian
traffic and is under control in public places.

Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
The dog will respond to the handler’s commands to 1) sit, 2) down
and will 3) remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down
position, whichever the handler prefers).

Test 7: Coming when called

The dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk
10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog.
Test 8: Reaction to another dog
To demonstrate that the dog can 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, and continue on for
about 10 feet.

Test 9: Reaction to distraction
To demonstrate the dog is confident when faced with common distracting
situations, the evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples
of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog,
having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane.

Test 10: Supervised separation

This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if
necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are
encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your
dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight
for three minutes.

You’ll need to bring your dog’s brush or comb to the CGC test. In the
CGC test, dogs must wear a buckle collar or slip collar.

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