AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
"Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs"
The CGC program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Pursuing the CGC title allows you to further bond with your dog and produces dogs that are a joy to live with and who interact well with other people and dogs. The CGC is a prerequisite for many therapy dog programs. Some homeowner's insurance companies encourage CGC testing, and some apartments or condos may require dog residents to pass the CGC test. The program will provide you with a dog who responds to sit and down commands and who remains under control on a leash. This test is conducted at a training facility or in a ring.
BONUS: A dog who passes a CGC test and wishes to take the AKC Trick Dog Novice test only needs to perform 5 tricks instead of 10 tricks to earn the Trick Dog Novice Title.
Already Have a CGC?
AKC Community Canine (CGCA)
This program is about having a well-behaved dog in the community. This test is conducted in real life situations which can include walking through a crowd or on a busy sidewalk or in a local park.
AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU)
This program requires a dog to be well-behaved in an urban setting. The testing is administered in a place where there are cars, streets to be crossed, noises and distractions.
AKC CGC Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge
I understand that to truly be a Canine Good Citizen, my dog needs a responsible owner. I agree to maintain my dog's health, safety, and quality of life. By participating in the Canine Good Citizen test, I agree:
I will be responsible for my dog's health needs. These include:
routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines
adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times
daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming
I will be responsible for my dog's safety.
I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public
I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID)
I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.
I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood
I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog's waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks
I will be responsible for my dog's quality of life.
I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs
I will give my dog attention and playtime
I understand that owning a dog is a committment in time and caring
CGC Test Items
Congratulations New AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog International (TDI) Teams!
Jenn and Skye and Sue and Dakota took the Paws Up CGC/TDI prep course and both tested for and successfully passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test earning their titles at Round Hill Park in Elizabeth on August 6, 2019!
Jenn and Skye also tested for and successfully passed the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) test at Round Hill Park in Elizabeth on August 6, 2019! Congratulations on your new titles! Two great teams who worked hard. Job well done!!
Jenn & Skye
Sue & Dakota
Congratulations New AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) Teams!
They did it again! Terri & Stella and Linda & Georgie Girl came back and took the Paws Up Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) prep course and tested for and successfully passed the AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) test at South Hills Village on July 27, 2019! Congratulations on your new titles!
Terri & Stella and Linda & Georgie Girl
Congratulations New AKC Community Canine (CGCA) Teams!
Stella and Terri Sibert and Hey There Georgie Girl and Linda Osterritter took the Paws Up prep course and successfully passed the AKC Community Canine (CGCA) test in South Park on September 11, 2018! Congratulations to two great working teams! You should be very proud of your accomplishments!