Creating a Good Canine Citizen an overview

Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS PLEDGE. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health, safety, exercise ,training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others. After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:

TEST 1 : ACCPTING A FRIENDLY STRANGER

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries .The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.


TEST 2 : 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, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

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