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Canine Good Citizen

In this class, we will practice the behaviors required to pass the Canine Good Citizen test. The test will be given on the last class day.

It is open to all dogs, purebred or mixed breeds. Dogs must already have good basic obedience skills.


Even if people don’t care about the award, it’s still great to have a dog that can demonstrate these Canine Good Citizen skills; 

  • The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler.

  • Sitting Politely for Petting 

      The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while        it is out with its handler.

  • Appearance and Grooming 

      The dog will permit someone to check its ears and       front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

  • Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead) 

       Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will        walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner)

  • Coming When Called 

      This test demonstrates that the dog will come               when called by the handler (from 10 feet on
      a leash).

  •  Supervised Separation 

       This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with        a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain            training and good manners.

  • Walking Through a Crowd 

      This test demonstrates that the dog can move                about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under

       control in public places. The dog and handler walk        around and pass close to several people (at least          three).

  • Reaction to Another Dog

      This test demonstrates that the dog can behave           politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their       dogs approach each other from a distance of

      about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange             pleasantries.

  • Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place 

      The dog must do sit AND down on command, then        the owner chooses the position for leaving the              dog in the stay.

  • Reaction to Distraction 

      The evaluator will select and present two                       distractions such as dropping a chair, etc. 

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