Canine Good Citizen Test
GCOC periodically offers the Canine Good Citizenship test for both members and non-members. When the test is scheduled, it will be posted on the Class Calendar. Online registration is required. The test is scored pass or fail. Your dog must successfully complete all 10 parts of the test in order to pass.
If you do not pass one of the stations, then you make re-take the entire test after all other participants have completed the test. If you do not pass two or more stations, then you may re-take the test the next time GCOC offers the CGC test. There is no limit to the number of times that you can take the test.
The CGC certification program is open to all dogs. Both purebred and mixed breeds of any age are welcome. Dogs must be old enough to have received all necessary immunizations.
The Canine Good Citizen test is made up 10 separate test stations that stress basic good manners for dogs. The stations include:
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
Lindy and Barb
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
Test 3: Appearance and grooming
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
Test 5: Walking through a crowd
Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
Test 7: Coming when called
Test 8: Reaction to another dog
Test 9: Reaction to distraction
Test 10: Supervised separation
The AKC believes a responsible owner is as equally important as a well behaved dog. Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will be asked to sign the AKC Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. By signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog's health needs, 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 successfully completing each station and submitting the completed application, the owner may order an official certificate and other CGC related items from the AKC.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is an award, not an official AKC title, like Champion (Ch) or Companion Dog (CD). It is not added to the dog's official registration papers. It is meant to reward dogs for having good manners, which enhances the public acceptance of dogs.For more information about the Canine Good Citizen award, please visit AKC's CGC Page.
For more information regarding the Greater Columbia Obedience Club's Canine Good Citizen testing program, please send us an email here.