Yes! Any dog – no matter its age, breed, or mix of breeds – is eligible to take AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. With a little dedication to your training, you and your dog can master the 10 skills required to attain your CGC.
The 10 skills are:
- Accepting a friendly stranger.
- Sitting politely for petting.
- Appearance and grooming.
- Out for a walk.
- Walking through a crowd.
- Sit and down on command and staying in place.
- Come when called.
- Reaction to another dog.
- Reaction to distraction.
- Supervised separation.
To get a better idea of how these skills are tested, watch this demonstration video:
Time training your dog to pass the CGC test is time well-spent. As you can see, the focus is on practical skills that will make life with your dog easier, safer, and more enjoyable for everyone – you, your dog, and those you may encounter in the course of your lives, whether it’s the vet, the groomer, the day care staff, or just a stranger passing on the sidewalk.
If you’d like to take on this goal and learn to train the best-behaved dog in your neighborhood, we can help! Call (775) 420-2322 or email us at [email protected] and let us know you’d like to get started!