AKC Canine Good Citizen (Level 2)

This comprehensive 20 week program trains you, the owner, as well as your dog and goes far beyond what is being offered by pet shops. You and your dog will receive everything included in our Obedience Training program and in addition, your dog will be trained and certified as an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen.
Program Benefits:

  • Get the dog you always wanted!
  • Have peace of mind that your dog behaves in everyday life situations and is calm around dogs and people when in public.
  • Relax on the walk! Your dog is walking next to you on a loose leash and staying by your side in crowds.
  • Enjoy your dog coming back to you when you call.
  • Get compliments for your dog sitting down next to you when you stop and calmly waiting for you to continue.
  • Have confidence that your dog won't pick up that medication you just dropped.
  • Enjoy some bragging rights. Your dog will be a certified Canine Good Citizen by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
  • Be ready for other AKC activities, which require a CGC certification before you can even start them.
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 other fun activities such as tracking, agility, service dog, medical alert, and so on. The AKC CGC results in a well-mannered dog who is a joy to live with. Many 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.
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test consists of 10 skills needed by all well-mannered dogs. All of the exercises are done on a leash.
  • Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger - The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.
  • Test 2: Sitting politely for petting - The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
  • Test 3: Appearance and grooming - The dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so.
  • Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead) - The handler/dog team will take a short walk to show that the dog is in control while walking on a leash.
  • Test 5: Walking through a crowd - The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three) to demonstrate that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places.
  • Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place - The dog will respond to the handler's commands to 1) sit, 2) down and will 3) remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers).
  • Test 7: Coming when called - The dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog.
  • Test 8: Reaction to another dog - To demonstrate 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, and continue on for about 10 feet.
  • Test 9: Reaction to distraction - To demonstrate the dog is confident when faced with common distracting situations, the evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane.
  • Test 10: Supervised separation - This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes.
This program teaches you and your dog new skills and is only available to dogs without behavioral issues. If your dog has behavioral issues like fear or aggression, we can help you resolve those as well, but that will have to be done separately first. Resolving such issues has nothing to do with obedience training and requires behavioral conditioning.

Based out of Corona in Riverside County, we currently offer dog training and behavior modification in the following areas: Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County.
Contact us here for a free on site consultation to discuss how we can help you best.

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