Articles Index/Canine Good Citizen
Posted 07/24/07


The AKC's Canine Good Citizen test is offered at a variety of sites including ANTA's Summer Fun Day ... at various dog shows throughout the country ... in conjunction with dog rescue organization fund raising events, and so on. The purpose of the CGC is to certify that dogs have basic manners and are a credit to their owners. Here is some background information:

Before taking the test, owners sign a responsible dog owner's pledge. In signing this pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog's health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.

Owners should bring proof of their dog's vaccinations to the test, along with a brush. All tests are performed on leash. Dogs should wear well fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric or chain. Special training collars, such as pinch collars, head halters, etc. are not permitted, nor are flexi-leads. (NOTE: We strongly discourage the use of flexi's at ANTA events.)

While the AKC recognizes that special training collars have their place, dogs that are ready to take the CGC test are at the point where they are easily managed on regular collars.

There are 10 parts to the test.

Accepting a friendly stranger
Sitting politely for petting
Appearance and grooming
Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
Walking through a crowd
Sit and down on command and staying in place.
(The stay is performed on a 20' lead, provided by the examiner.)
Coming when called
Reaction to another dog
Reaction to distraction
Supervised separation

Owners are allowed to use praise and encouragement throughout the test although food rewards and toys are not permitted.

ANTIC, June, 2007


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