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.
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.
2. SIT POLITELY FOR PETTING
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
3. APPEARANCE AND GROOMING
The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
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.
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.
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.
7. COMING WHEN CALLED
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).
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.
9. REACTION TO DISTRACTION
The dog can maintain discipline even with distractions like a loud sound.
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.