The American Kennel Club describes the Canine Good Citizen Program as a program to teach good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners.

Our program is fun, and our goal is that you will both exceed the minimum standards of the AKC program.

Canine Good Citizen Test 1 - Accept a Friendly Stranger

1. ACCEPT A FRIENDLY STRANGER

The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.

Canine Good Citizen Test 2 - Sit Politely for Petting

2. SIT POLITELY FOR PETTING

The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.

Canine Good Citizen Test 3 - Appearance and Grooming

3. APPEARANCE AND GROOMING

The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

Canine Good Citizen Test 4 - Out for a Walk

4. OUT FOR A WALK

Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner). BLK9 certified dogs will walk and remain under control off-leash as well.

Canine Good Citizen Test 5 - Walking Through a Crowd

5. WALKING THROUGH A CROWD

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places.

Canine Good Citizen Test 6 - Sit and Stay on Command

6. SIT AND STAY ON COMMAND

The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

Canine Good Citizen Test 7 - Coming When Called

7. COMING WHEN CALLED

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).

Canine Good Citizen Test 8 - Reaction to Another Dog

8. REACTION TO ANOTHER DOG

This test shows that a dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

Canine Good Citizen Test 9 - Reaction to Distraction

9. REACTION TO DISTRACTION

The dog can maintain discipline even with distractions like a loud sound.

Canine Good Citizen Test 10 - Supervised Separation

10. SUPERVISED SEPARATION

This test shows that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners.

Check out our class descriptions or call us at 800-266-2365