Canine Good Citizen program

The American Kennel Club started the canine good citizen program in 1989 as a means of rewarding dogs who were well behaved companions at home and in the community.  The goals of the Canine Good Citizen program are to :                                                                1 Teach responsible dog ownership to owners                                                                      2 Reward owners that provide basic training to their dogs and develope good manners.                                                                                                                                            A key componet of the CGC program is the  10 step CGC test. All dogs ( including pure breeds and mixed breeds )  who pass the CGC test will recieve  a certificate from the AKC and be listed in their award book!!!!!
ITEM 1  ACCEPTING A FRIENDLY STRANGER This test demonstrates that your dog will  allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural , everyday situation.  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.

ITEM 2 SIT POLITELY FOR PETTING

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler.   The dog should sit at the handlers side as the evaluator approaches and begins to pet the dog on the head and body only.  The dog must stay in place to accept petting.  The dog must not show shyness or resentment.        

ITEM 3  APPEARANCE AND GROOMING

This test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit  a stranger , such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so.  It also demonstrates the owners care, concern and sense of responsibility.  The evaluator inspects the dog, then combs or brushes the dog, and lightly examines the ears and each front foot.

ITEM  4  OUT FOR A WALK   ( WALKING ON A LOOSE LEAD )
This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog.   The dog may be on either side of the handler,whichever the handler prefers.  There must be a left turn,a right turn and a about turn with at least on stop in between and another at the end.  The dog need not be perfectly alighned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops.