Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification
CGC is a certification program designed to recognize dogs with good manners --- at home and in the community. This two-part CGC program stresses responsible pet ownership and basic manners for dogs. Dogs passing the ten step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. 
Many dog owners choose CGC training as the first step in training their dogs. The CGC program is the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog teaching the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. 
Training enhances the bond between dogs and their owners. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with. They respond well to household routines and have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs. They fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. 
All dogs, (pure and mixed breeds) are welcome to participate in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen® CGC program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge attesting to the dog's standard veterinary care. 
A dog is never too old to become a good citizen! Puppies completing all immunizations and boosters may be tested; however, since behavior and temperament may change, they should be re-tested as adults (over two years old). 
Many dog owners complete CGC training and testing as a prerequisite to therapy dog certification. If you are interested in therapy dog training, please contact
Canine Good Citizen Test Items
Behaviors include: 
  • Accepting a friendly stranger 
  • Sitting politely for petting 
  • Appearance and grooming 
  • Out for a walk (on loose lead) 
  • Walking through a crowd 
  • Sit and down on command 
  • Staying in place 
  • Coming when called 
  • Reaction to another dog 
  • Reaction to distraction 
  • Supervised separation 
All tests must be performed on lead. Dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. Special training collars such as pinch collars, head halters, and choke collars are not permitted in the CGC test.  Treats are not allowed during the test.
We recognize that special training collars may be very useful tools for beginning dog trainers; however, we feel that dogs ready to take the CGC test are at the point at which they are transitioned to regular collars. 
The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test. The owner/handler should bring the dog's brush or comb to the test.
A dog that eliminates during testing must be marked failed. The only exception to this rule is that elimination is allowable in one test, but only when test is held outdoors--at this specific point.
A dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, attempts to attack a person or  dog; shows fear, shyness or anxiety is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.
Fees for Events not Classes 
Testing fee: $30/dog payable on test day. Fees are non-refundable whether your dog passes or fails.  
Please contact us for our upcoming test dates in Broward County at
For information on CGC classes, obedience classes, private training, Animal Assisted Therapy training, behavior modification and/or certifications, please sniff around our site.  
CGC tests are held at various dog related events.  Group classes are available as well.   
Please note:  We are not offering STAR Puppy classes or certifications at this time. 
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Dawn Hanna and Maddy receiving their Canine Good Citizen Certificate...good job!
(Pictured left to right: Dawn Hanna, Maddy, AKC Evaluator Marni Bellavia)

Congrats to our CGC graduates!

(Pictured left to right: Audree Berg, Scooter, Sherry Perez, Sohpie, Terri Cannici, Lola, AKC Evaluator Marni Bellavia, Andrew Martin, Scooby, Marcia Klotzman, Sydney)