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Canine Good Citizen Classes

Lagotto Romagnolo holding CGC Ribbon

AKC Canine Good Citizen

The ACK Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program is an expert-made training program designed to help you and your dog be the best you can be–together.

Canine Good Citizen is a 10-skill test that teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners.

Who can participate? CGC is open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed. There are no age minimums or limits for participating in the Canine Good Citizen program.

(excerpt taken from the AKC website)

AKC Community Canine (CGCA)

The ACK Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program is an expert-made training program designed to help you and your dog be the best you can be–together.

Canine Good Citizen is a 10-skill test that teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners.

Who can participate? CGC is open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed. There are no age minimums or limits for participating in the Canine Good Citizen program.

(excerpt taken from the AKC website)

AKC Urban CGC (CGCU)

AKC Urban CGC is a title in the Canine Good Citizen family of awards and titles that also include AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen and AKC Community Canine.

AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in a setting that includes traffic, crowds, noises, smells and other distractions that are present in a city or town. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC is a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

(excerpt taken from the AKC website)

CGC Classes are offered based on number of interested students. Not all classes are offered during each session.

Let us know what you are interested in!

Our next session of classes will begin the week of August 26th. Registration is open for our CGC classes.

Canine Good Citizen Prep
CGC

Prerequisites: Completion of Beginner 2, an intermediate obedience class elsewhere, or prior approval of the instructor.

Dogs must have an AKC registration number, Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) number, or AKC Canine Partners number in order to record the test.   All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number.

This class will prepare you and your dog to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.  The Canine Good Citizen program teaches responsible dog ownership to owners and certifies that dogs that have the training and behaviors needed to be reliable, well-behaved members of their families and communities.  This class will cover the 10 test items, including accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, accepting handling by a stranger (grooming), loose leash walking, sits, downs, recalls, distractions, neutral reaction to other dogs and supervised separation.

Day & Time: Tuesday 7:45 - 8:45pm

Dates: August 27 - October 1

Class length:  6 weeks, with the CGC test occurring on Week 6

Minimum of 5 dogs, maximum of 10

Canine Good Citizen Advanced
CGCA (aka: Community Canine)

Prerequisites:

Dogs must have the Canine Good Citizen certificate or title on record with the AKC. 

This class will prepare you to take the AKC Community Canine test (also known as the CGC Advanced).  The CGCA is tested out in the “real world” and as such will meet in locations around town.  This class will cover the 10 test items, including waiting under control as the handler is otherwise occupied, walking on a loose leash with changes of direction, working under distractions, petting by friendly strangers carrying items, ignoring food distractions, stays at a distance, recalls with distractions, and doorway manners.

Day & Time: Mondays 6:30 - 8:30pm

Dates: August 26 - September 30 (there will be no class on September 2nd)

Class length: 5 weeks meeting around town.  The test will be administered on week 5.

Minimum of 5 dogs, maximum of 8 dogs.

IMPORTANT: This class meets in a variety of locations around San Diego. Once enrolled, your instructor will contact you with details.

Note:  Each class may last up to 2 hours, depending on location.  The class requires attendance at a restaurant for appetizers/dinner in order to meet the requirements of the class. Each person is responsible for their own restaurant bill.

Canine Good Citizen Urban (CGCU)

Prerequisites:

Dogs must have the Canine Good Citizen certificate or title on record with the AKC. 

This class will prepare you to take the AKC CGC Urban test.  The CGCU is a test of practical behaviors for dogs that live in and are tested in urban areas.  The CGCU is more advanced than the CGC, and dogs must have the CGC test on record with the AKC in order to earn the CGCU.  

 

The CGCU is tested out in the “real world” and as such will meet in locations around town.  This class will cover the 10 test items, including entering and exiting dog friendly buildings, walking nicely on busy urban sidewalks and stairs or elevators, appropriate reactions to city distractions, crossing busy streets nicely, ignoring food on sidewalks, friendly strangers and maintaining stays inside dog friendly buildings.  

Note:   Each class may last up to 2 hours, depending on location.  The class requires attendance at a restaurant for appetizers/dinner in order to meet the requirements of the class. Each person is responsible for their own restaurant bill.

This class will not be offered during our August session...check back for our October session of classes! 

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