Good Citizen

The American Kennel Club created the AKC Good Citizenship® Program as a way to encourage owners to provide basic “manners” training for dogs, both at home and particularly when out in public.

Since 1989, the CGC program has rewarded more than 600,000 dogs and their owners who have passed the test, which recognizes the dogs’ good manners at home and in the community.

The first part of the program teaches the skills and the second part tests dogs and certifies those that pass are under good control and pose no danger to other dogs or people.

Dogs are judged individually on their on-leash performance. It is not a competition between dogs. The CGC is an award to be proud of.

AKC Community Canine

American Kennel Club® (AKC®) has developed a new advanced level title – AKC Community Canine – as part of the Canine Good Citizen® (CGC®) training program.

AKC Community Canine expands on CGC skills and lays the beginning foundation for obedience, rally and therapy dog work. The Canine Good Citizen tests simulate real world skills while the new AKC Community Canine tests the dog’s abilities in a natural setting. Certain aspects of the tests involve the dog walking through a real crowd, whether at a dog show or on a busy sidewalk.

To be eligible for the AKC Community Canine title, dogs must first have a CGC certificate or title on record at AKC and must have an AKC number (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). Dogs passing the AKC Community Canine test will earn the “CGCA” (advanced CGC) title.