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What is the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program?
The Canine Good Citizen (or CGC) is an award that your dog
can earn by proving he’s polite at home and in the community. By extension, the training that you have done with your dog is rewarded as well.
Dogs that pass the 10 item test receive a certificate. If your dog is registered with the AKC, he can have the title “CGC” added as a suffix to his name. Your dog does not need to be purebred to be registered by the AKC anymore. Mixed breeds are now registered as “All-American” as a part of the Canine Partners program.
In 2013, the AKC added an advanced level of the Canine Good Citizen, the Community Canine. Dogs that have already passed the CGC can have the opportunity to earn their CGCA. And most recently, the AKC added an urban version of the test where dogs can earn their CGCU. Watch the video below to see Sarah administer the CGCU test for WPIX News.
CGC training and testing can be done with Doggie Academy in group classes or private lessons. Our Canine Good Citizen Workshop (offered a few times per year) is a four week class that culminates with the CGC exam. Check our upcoming class schedule for the next session or book a lesson online and let us know it is for CGC testing.