State legislatures began recognizing the CGC program as a means of
advocating responsible dog ownership and 22 states now have Canine Good Citizen
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.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE ?
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.
CGC TRAINING / TESTING
CGC TEST ITEMS