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Canine Good Citizen

Prerequisite: Basic Manners or S.T.A.R. Puppy
Cost: $50

Meets: Once a week (1 hour) for 3 weeks, test on week 4

This is a prep class for those interested in taking the Canine Good Citizen test. We will only work on parts of the test teams are having trouble with. Dogs must have had basic training before taking this class.


The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. This nationally recognized program stresses responsible dog ownership for owners and basic training and good manners for dogs. Dogs do not need to be purebred or AKC registered to participate.


To pass the test, dogs must:

  • Accept a friendly stranger

  • Sit politely for petting

  • Permit an exam of body/ears/feet

  • Walk on a loose leash

  • Walk through a crowd

  • Sit/Down/Stay on command

  • Come when called

  • Walk past another dog

  • React appropriately to distractions

  • Be separated from their handler for 3 minutes


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