Training for Both Ends of the Leash

Started in 1989, the CGC Program 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. As of January 1, 2013, Canine Good Citizen® has become an  official AKC title that can appear on the title records of dogs registered or listed with AKC. Dog owners who complete  the CGC as a Title process may list the suffix “CGC” after the dog’s name.  The Canine Good Citizen Certificate is a wonderful accomplishment for any dog and his human partner. 

**In order for this to be considered a "Title" for your dog, you must be registered with the AKC. This registration includes an AKC registration number (Purebred), a Canine Partnership number  (All-American Mixed Breed) or a  Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL).***

AKC Urban CGC is a title in the Canine Good Citizen family of awards and titles that also include AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen and AKC Community Canine.
AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting.
As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.
All skills in the test are tested on leash. AKC Urban CGC should be administered in a place where there are cars, streets to be crossed, noises, and distractions. This test is administered in the real world; it should not be simulated in a ring at a dog show.
When test items (such as riding on an elevator) are administered in public buildings, the buildings must be dog friendly or evaluators must have permission in advance from the business owners, managers, etc.

Community Canine Good Citizen
  • This class runs for 5 weeks, 45 minutes a week
  • The fee is $130 and includes your testing fee of $15 (payment will reserve your spot in class)
  • Prerequisite: You must have completed our Canine Good Citizen Title Class or already have the title. Proof is required. If you do not take our CGC Title Class and we find that your dog does not have the skills for this class, we will move you to the first available open class that is appropriate for your dog.​ Your money will not be refunded.
  • ​***In order for this to be considered a "Title" for your dog, you must be registered with the AKC. This registration includes an AKC registration number (Purebred), a Canine Partnership number  (All-American Mixed Breed) or a  Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL).*** They must also have their CGC Title.



This class is seasonal and only runs in April and October

Adoption discounts cannot be used on a Community Canine Class.

TEST 1: ACCEPTING A FRIENDLY STRANGER

TEST 2: SITTING POLITELY FOR PETTING

TEST 3: APPEARANCE AND GROOMING

TEST 4: OUT FOR A WALK (WALKING ON A LOOSE LEAD)

TEST 5: WALKING THROUGH A CROWD

TEST 6: SIT AND DOWN ON COMMAND AND STAYING IN PLACE

TEST 7: COMING WHEN CALLED

TEST 8: REACTION TO ANOTHER DOG

TEST 9: REACTION TO DISTRACTION

TEST 10: SUPERVISED SEPARATION

Adoption discounts cannot be used on a Canine Good Citizen Class.

Urban Canine Good Citizen
  • This class runs for 5 weeks, 45 minutes a week
  • The fee is $130 and includes your testing fee of $15 (payment will reserve your spot in class)
  • Prerequisite: You must have completed our Reliable Basics with Heeling Class or get approval from our instructor. If you do not take the prior skills Classes (Reliable Basics with Heeling) and we find that your dog does not have the skills for this class, we will move you to the first available open class that is appropriate for your dog. ​Your money will not be refunded.
  • ​​***In order for this to be considered a "Title" for your dog, you must be registered with the AKC. This registration includes an AKC registration number (Purebred), a Canine Partnership number  (All-American Mixed Breed) or a  Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL).***

AKC Community Canine℠ is the advanced level of the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test earn the official AKC Community Canine title that is designated by the letters "CGCA" (Advanced CGC) on the dog's title record.

Whereas Canine Good Citizen tests are most often tested in a ring and situations are simulated (e.g., 3 helpers serve as a "crowd"), the AKC Community Canine test is done in real situations including at shows, classes, and in the community.

There is no age limit for dogs taking the AKC Community Canine test. However, before taking the test, dogs must have a Canine Good Citizen test on record at AKC.

  • This class runs for 5 weeks, 45 minutes a week
  • The fee is $130 and includes your testing fee of $15 (payment will reserve your spot in class)
  • Prerequisite: You must have completed our Canine Good Citizen Title Class or already have the title. Proof is required. If you do not take our CGC Title Class and we find that your dog does not have the skills for this class, we will move you to the first available open class that is appropriate for your dog.​ Your money will not be refunded.
  • ​***In order for this to be considered a "Title" for your dog, you must be registered with the AKC. This registration includes an AKC registration number (Purebred), a Canine Partnership number  (All-American Mixed Breed) or a  Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL).*** They must also have their CGC Title.
Canine Good Citizen


This class is seasonal and only runs in April and October

Adoption discounts cannot be used on a Community Canine Class.

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