AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification


Our Canine Good Citizen Program trains your furry family member to be well-behaved in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs – making him/her a respected member of the community. The CGC Test is non-competitive, therefore precise performance is not required as it can be in formal obedience. The CGC is a useful dog training program in Asheville that welcomes any breed of dog – whether they’re a mixed breed or purebred.


What does the CGC test consist of?

To obtain the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification, your dog will be required to pass 10 items on the test:

  • Test One: Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Test Two: Sitting politely for petting
  • Test Three: Appearance and grooming
  • Test Four: Out for a walk (walking on a loose leash)
  • Test Five: Walking through a crowd
  • Test Six: Sit & Down on command and staying in place
  • Test Seven: Coming when called
  • Test Eight: Reaction to another dog
  • Test Nine: Reaction to distraction
  • Test Ten: Supervised separation

Dogs that pass all 10 items of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification test are listed in the CGC records at the AKC, no matter what their breed. Owners of dogs may order an official CGC certificate from the AKC once the dog successfully passes all 10 items of the CGC test.

A dog that earns AKC Canine Good Citizen certification receives recognition for their viable efforts and skills mastered. The skilled dog is more likely to be considered for a position as a service dog.

If you would like to learn more about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification program give us a call today at (828)439-0963 or fill out our online contact form.


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