Creating a Good Canine Citizen an overview

State legislatures began recognizing the CGC program as a means of advocating responsible dog ownership and 22 states now have Canine Good Citizen resolutions.In a little over one decade, the Canine Good Citizen Program has begun to have an extremely positive impact in many of our communities. This is a program that can help us assure that the dogs we love will always be welcomed and well-respected members of our communities.


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. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.

There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen. Puppies who have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested, however, because we know that behavior and temperament can change over time, when puppies pass the CGC test, owners should have them re-tested as adults. There are a few exemptions relating to participation in a CGC test. If the CGC test is given at a sanctioned show, the age requirements for the show apply to CGC also. Further, when the CGC test is administered at a sanctioned show, the test may be restricted to only dogs entered in the show or to purebred dogs.



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