What is the Canine Good Citizen Title?
AKC Canine Good Citizen Title (CGC)
The Canine Good Citizen test is offered to all dogs, purebred and mixed breed, to evaluate and test their rediness to become accepted members in our communities. Training for this test is fun and helps you establish a closer bond with your companion. Basic and Advanced Basic Obedience Classes are recommended before applying for evaluation. This is not a competiton and does not require a precise routine but your companion will be tested for completion of each exercise.
The Evaluation and Testing includes: (please click on an evaluation/test to find out more about it)
To qualify for the Canine Good Citizen Certificate, a dog must pass all of the 10 exercises. The dogs may walk on either side of the handler and the handler my talk to their dogs throughout the test but cannot offer food. The test is perfomed on-leash and the dog should wear a well-fitting buckle collar or slip collar made of leather, fabric or chain. Pinch collars are not acceptable. Leash should be leather or fabric. Owners should bring a brush to the test for the grooming exercise.
Any dog that eliminates during testing must be marked failed except during exercise 10, when test is held outdoors. Any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks or attempts to attack a person or another dog will be dismissed.
The AKC urges all dog owners to participate in the CGC Program. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the test and your dog earns the title initials CGC behind your dog's name. Many AKC dog clubs, obedience schools and private organizations offer the courses to prepare you and your companion for the test. Many of these same groups will sponsor the tests upon completion of the course.
What is the Community Canine Title?
The Community Canine test (aka Advanced CGC or CGCA) is the advanced level test of AKC's CGC program. Like the CGC, the CGCA test is a 10 step test. Dogs who pass this test earn the official AKC Community Canine title and the letters CGCA appear after the dog's name, replacing the previous CGC title.
All skills for the CGCA test are preformed on leash and can be done outside, in a class, at a show, or out in a public setting. The CGCA test simulates real world situations such as maneuvering a busy sidewalk or showing good manners when required to wait near other dogs. This test is a wonderful precursor toward taking a therapy dog test.
AKC Community Canine Test
To earn the CGCA title, the dog must:
Dogs must pass all 10 items of the test to receive the CGCA title.
Contributed by Carolyn Sanford and Molly Sumner