CGC Testing

Jake is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club.  

We can administer the CGC Test either by itself or during a Beginner Class graduation (last session of class).  The price differs depending on which you choose, and if you have attended Beginner Class.

Test Only: $75  {hourly lesson rate}

Test with Beginner Class*: $5 

*Must have attended one of our Beginner Classes within the last year to test with a Beginner Class and to qualify for the $5 fee. You must request permission to test with a different class (other than the one you're currently enrolled in) ahead of time.  Please email us to arrange your testing.


About Canine Good Citizen... 

The CGC program was started in 1989 by the AKC and is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.  It's a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners (you must sign a pledge) and basic good manners for dogs (they must pass the test).

The test consists of 10 items that must all be passed in order to receive a certificate or title of Canine Good Citizen, which includes:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Sitting Politely for Petting
  • Appearance and Grooming
  • Out for a Walk (walking on a loose leash)
  • Walking through a Crowd
  • Sit & Down on Command and Staying in Place
  • Coming when Called
  • Reaction to Another Dog
  • Reaction to Distraction
  • Supervised Separation 


The pledge must be signed in order to be accepted by AKC, which says the following:

"I will be responsible for my dog's health needs. These include:

routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines
adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times
daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming

I will be responsible for my dog's safety.

I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.
I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification when appropriate (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).
I will provide adequate supervision when my dog and children are together.

I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.

I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog's waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.
I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog's waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.

I will be responsible for my dog's quality of life.

I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.
I will give my dog attention and playtime.
I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring."


Click here to Learn More about the CGC Test