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AKC Canine Good Citizen

Learn about ACK CGC (Canine Good Citizen) training and certification.



The first step is to look at the AKC CGC certification information. If you are interested in having your dog trained and evaluated for the AKC CGC titles, please read the rest of this page for more details.


The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title show that your dog:

  • Is healthy and well-kept

  • Can be examined and groomed easily by other people

  • Accepts other people and their dogs 

  • Can walk on a leash without pulling or lunging

  • Can sit and lie down on command

  • Can remain in place (either sitting or laying down)

  • Can be left alone

  • Can tolerate distracting situations

  • Is a well-mannered member of the community

Training for the AKC CGC

Before testing for the AKC CGC, completing the Top Gun Dog Training basic puppy or dog obedience program is best. Do not rush directly into the testing for the AKC CGC test without being observed by an AKC CGC Evaluator first. 


You must pass all 10 items listed for certification. We can help train your puppy or dog and prepare them for the AKC CGC test. Remember that not all dogs will qualify for the test if they are not well-behaved and have excellent social skills. This means no jumping up on people, no play biting, no barking in public, and always under its owner's control. 

Testing for the AKC CGC

The test is very strict; you must pass all 10 times listed for certification. Testing is done in a public location of the evaluator's choice.  Testing cannot be done at the puppy or dog's home, yard, or neighborhood. Common locations for testing in the Huntsville area are Bridge Street Shops, Indian Creek Park, and Home Depot. Watch the video of a demonstration of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.

Testing for the AKC CGC Community Canine (Advanced CGC)

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. See all test items. Watch a video demonstration of the AKC Community Canine.


The next steps:

If you are seriously interested in having your dog trained and tested for the AKC CGC certification, request a FREE Phone Consultation with Dale by clicking the blue button below.


Once we ask some questions to receive basic information about your dog, we can discuss the detailed training process, outline,  availability, and rates.

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