Canine Good Citizen
Taking the Canine Good Citizen Test
Cost for the test is $5 for HVOC Beginner II graduating class students and $10 for the general public. All tests will be conducted at the HVOC training grounds on East Valley Parkway in Escondido. See directions on the Directions page. Please bring a grooming brush or tool, a 6 foot leash, and a flat, buckle, martingale or chain collar or a harness. AKC rules do not allow prong collars or head halters.
Dates and times for the tests are as follows:
February 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM
April 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM
June 29, 2013 at 8:30 AM
August 31, 2013 at 8:30 AM
November 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Please pre-register by emailing Donna Shout your name, dog's name, breed, date of test, phone number, and e-mail address. Payment is due on the day of test.
What is the Canine Good Citizen Program?
AKC's Canine Good Citizen certification program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the CGC test can receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club and they are automatically recorded in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Archive.
The purpose of the CGC Program is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community.
All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the CGC program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines, and there is no age limit on the test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen.
The CGC award is not an official AKC title because the testing is not administered by licensed judges. Owners should be proud of the award and recognize that the CGC is gaining credibility and recognition in our communities. Participating in this program helps spread the word about the importance of responsible dog ownership.
What is the CGC Test?
To receive the CGC certificate, dogs must pass all ten items of the test. Handlers may talk to their dogs throughout the test.
Accepting A Friendly Stranger
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness.
Sitting Politely For Petting
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler's side, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body only. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.
Appearance And Grooming
This test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit a stranger, such as a veterinarian, groomer, or friend of the owner, to do so. The evaluator inspects the dog, then combs or brushes lightly, examines the ears and each front foot.
Out For A Walk (Walking on a loose lead)
This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler, whichever the handler prefers. There must be a left turn, a right turn, and about turn, with one stop in between and one at the end. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops.
Walking Through A Crowd
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic. The dog and handler will walk close to several people. The dog may show some interest without appearing overexuberant, shy or resentful.
Sit and Down On Command (Staying in Place)
This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler's command to sit and down and will remain in place. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to make the dog sit and then down. The handler tells the dog to stay and walks to the end of a 20-foot line and returns. The dog must remain in place, but may change positions. Handler may choose to leave the dog in either a sit or a down.
Coming When Called
This test demonstrates the dog will come when called by the handler. With dog on 20-foot line from Test 6, handler walks 10 feet from the dog, turns and faces the dog, and calls the dog.
Reaction To Another Dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 10 yards, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on. The dogs should show no more than a casual interest in each other.
Reactions to Distractions
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distractions. The dog may express a casual interest and may appear slightly startled, but should not panic, show aggressiveness, or bark.
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left alone with a trusted person and will maintain its good manners. Dog will be on a 6-foot leash; leash is held by an evaluator while handler is out of sight for three minutes.
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