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13 American Kennel Club: Canine Good Citizen




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This article is from the American Kennel Club FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore rpd-info@netcom.com with numerous contributions by others.

13 American Kennel Club: Canine Good Citizen

The AKC sponsors this test. The CGC is not a title, but a certificate.
However, many people add the initials CGC after the dog's name anyway.
Note that ALL dogs, not just AKC registered ones, are eligible to take
this test!

From the AKC pamphlet

"The purpose of the Canine Good Citizen Test is to demonstrate that
the dog , as a companion of man, can be a respected member of the
community, and can be trained and conditioned always to behave in
the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a
manner that will reflect credit on the dog. The Canine Good Citizen
Test is not a competitive program, but rather a program of
certification; it seeks to identify and recognize officially those
dogs that possess the attributes that enable them to serve
effectively as personal companions and as members in good standing
with the community."

The tests include:
* Accepting a Friendly Stranger
* Sitting Politely for Petting
* Appearance and Grooming
* Out for a Walk (Walking on a Loose Lead)
* Walking Through a Crowd
* Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place
* Praise/Interaction
* Reaction to Another Dog
* Reaction to Distractions
* Supervised Isolation

Currently,
1. AKC plans to expand and promote the test more.
2. They do have colors for qualifying ribbons: turquoise and gold
(but I have never seen these awarded: it's pretty much up to the
club giving the test what they give out)
3. AKC is thinking about dog tags and/or wallet cards for qualifying.
4. AKC is going to advocate that dogs that have proven to be under
control be allowed on leash in parks that don't allow dogs.
5. They are going to ask clubs to lobby their states to have the test
recognized as a sign of a responsible owner.



 

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