Canine Good Citizen (Graduates of About Town Class)
Canine Good Citizen is an American Kennel Club (AKC) certification program that is open to all dogs – mixed breed or purebred (AKC registration is optional). It is intended to reward responsible pet ownership and good dog manners (see the AKC CGC Program).
Accepting a friendly stranger
- Evaluator approaches and pretends to shake hands with handler (hands 6- 12” apart). Evaluator does not touch dog.
Sitting politely for petting
- Evaluator pets dog; dog must show no shyness or resentment.
Appearance and grooming
- Evaluator inspects dog, combs or brushes lightly, examines ears and each front foot.
Out for a walk
- Handler takes dog for a short walk including right turn, left turn, about turn and stop.
Walking through a crowd
- Dog and handler walk close to several people; dog may show causal interest but not jump up.
Sit and down on cue/Staying in place
- Handler shows that dog can do sit and down, then chooses a position, leaves dog and goes to the end of a 20 ft. line, and returns immediately.
Coming when called
- With dog still on 20 ft. line from Test 6, handler walks out 10 ft. and calls the dog.
Reaction to another dog
- Two handlers and dogs approach, pretend to shake hands (hands 6-12” apart), exchange pleasantries, then move on.
Reaction to distractions
- Distractions are presented; dog may not panic or show aggression.
- Handler goes out of sight for 3-min. Dog is held on a 6-ft. leash by an evaluator.