AKC Canine Good Citizen

AKC Canine Good Citizen Course Overview

Whether you want to try your hand (paw!) at the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test or simply want to take your dogs’ skills to the next level, the CGC class might be just the thing you are looking for. The purpose of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because they are trained to act mannerly in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. The relationship building and training that leads to achieving your dog’s CGC also provide an excellent foundation for enjoying other activities like therapy work, rally, obedience, and agility with your dog.

This class will coach you in teaching your dog the manners to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test. Your dog will learn long sit, long downs, “leave it,” and place. They will also learn how to remain calm while unattended, politely greet strangers, and how to move around accessibility aids comfortably. You will be encouraged to go on weekly outings outside of class to practice with and socialize your dog. The cost for the test is included in the class registration and will be held at the conclusion of the course. All dogs who successfully complete the CGC test can receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club and are automatically recorded in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Archive.


Has completed Basic Manners/Obedience or with permission from the instructor.

Puppies should be at least 5 months old on the first day of class. Small breed puppies less than 5 months old should enroll in our Puppy Great Start class or STAR Puppy class.

Must be safe around other dogs and allow petting by friendly strangers.

Additional Information

Please be sure each week to bring poop bags, a soft mat or rug, long-lasting chews or stuffed Kongs and plenty of small, soft treats for your dog.

FEE: $175.00

REGISTRATION: Class Registration Form

INSTRUCTOR: Debbie Eaglebarger


Saturdays, Starting June 8

Vaccine Information

Because we are a “One Health” facility we require that dogs or cats in our facilities meet the following parameters:

  • Dogs in our facility must be up to date on Rabies, DA2LPP, and Bordetella vaccines.
  • Dogs must be on heartworm prevention which kills intestinal parasites or have a negative intestinal parasite exam within the last three months and be free of external parasites.
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