Canine Good Citizen - Group Classes


Completion of a Basic Obedience class or a solid understanding of all basic commands


What does positive reinforcement mean?

We use treats, praise, and toys to lure your dog into desirable body positions. As dogs are rewarded for a desired behavior, it will become the behavior that is likely to be repeated. We make it fun to behave!

No pushing or pulling allowed. We are nice to puppies!



Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you'll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events.


Class Length: 7 weeks and 60 minutes each. Cost $245


Equipment needed:

Buckle collar & Cloth or leather leash, toys/treats for your dog (No choker collars or Flexi leads)


Commands covered:

The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. To receive the CGC award, dogs must successfully complete the 10 item Canine Good Citizen Test. Items on the test include:


    Test 1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger

    Test 2. Sitting Politely for Petting

    Test 3. Appearance and Grooming

    Test 4. Out for a Walk (walk on a loose leash)

    Test 5. Walking Through a Crowd

    Test 6. Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place

    Test 7. Coming When Called

    Test 8. Reaction to Another Dog

    Test 9. Reactions to Distractions

    Test 10. Supervised Separation

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