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What is Canine Good Citizen?
The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. This rapidly growing nationally recognized program stresses responsible dog ownership for owners and basic training and good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test may receive a Certificate from the American Kennel Club.
The AKC CGC Program provides an excellent foundation for training in other fun activities such as Rally, Obedience, and Agility and results in a well-mannered dog who is a joy to live with. Some Therapy dog groups require passing the CGC Test as a prerequisite, some insurance companies recommend CGC training, and an increasing number of apartments and condos are requiring CGC training for resident dogs.
How it works
You can attend a basic training or CGC class to teach your dog the CGC behaviors, or if you have the skills and knowledge, you can teach your dog the CGC skills.

When your dog is ready, you’ll sign up for a CGC test administered by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. Tests are held at AKC dog shows, at some training classes, at a number of pet super stores, or some evaluators will make an appointment to test your dog.

When your dog passes the CGC test, the evaluator will give you the paperwork to send to AKC to request the CGC certificate.
More information on the CGC Test at