cgc-bannerThe AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner   who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life

Also, this program is rapidly becoming recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Canine Good Citizen® resolutions have been passed by 18 state legislatures and the United States Senate, insurance companies are starting to use CGC® to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure, and some condominium associations around the country now require that all dogs in the complex have earned the Canine Good Citizen® award.

Where can I find classes and take the test?

Get Along Little Doggie will be conducting a 6 week Canine Good Citizen Class at Urban Tails, beginning Monday, May 4th @ 7PM.

During the classes, we will concentrate on practicing the 10 test items in order to prepare for the actual test, which will be conducted on Saturday, June 6th @ 9AM. Take a look at the test items here:

As you can see, basic obedience is a must.  If you feel that your pup is already a super star and does not need to practice, you can skip the class and just show up for the test!

Don’t let the word “test” scare you.  It is really a just another fun activity to do with your dog: More physical and mental stimulation for both of you!

Who can participate?

cgc-dogAll dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.

There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen. Puppies that have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested.

Contact Get Along Little Doggie for more information about the May 4th class


Visit the American Kennel Club website for more information and to find additional classes and/or CGC testing locations.

“Every dog should have a man of his own. There is nothing like a well-behaved person around the house to spread the dog’s blanket for him, or bring him his supper when he comes home man-tired at night.”

~Corey Ford

Stephanie Bennett

Certified Canine Trainer & Behavior Specialist

Professional Dog Training in Houston, TX