CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TEST
As a means of fighting the growing anti-dog sentiment in the country,
the AKC introduced the Canine Good Citizen program in 1989. Participation
is open to mixed breeds as well as pure-bred dogs. The purpose of the test
is to demonstrate that a dog has good manners. It is noncompetitive. A certificate
will be given to all dogs that pass. This is not considered an AKC title,
which means that it will not be registered as part of a dog's record at
the AKC as other titles are.
A dog must pass all ten parts of the test to earn a certificate. All
parts are performed on a leash. The ten parts are:
- Appearance and grooming. Owner must present proof of vaccinations.
Evaluator will brush the dog.
- Accepting a stranger. Evaluator and owner will shake hands.
- Walk on loose lead. Dog will heel and execute turns and halts.
- Walking through a crowd. Dog should walk without straining at leash,
passing close to several people.
- Sit for exam. Evaluator will approach and pet dog.
- Sit and down on command. Owner may use more than one command, but not
force dog into position.
- Stay in sit or down. Owner will drop leash, walk 20 feet away, and
- Reaction to another dog. Two handlers and dogs approach each other,
stop, and shake hands.
- Reaction to distractions. Distractions may be a jogger passing by a
bicycle, a shopping cart, people acting excited, or a sudden noise.
- Dog left alone. Dog will be fastened with leash while owner goes out
of sight for five minutes.
ANTIC, Fall, 1991
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