The American Kennel Club (AKC) CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community, stressing responsible pet ownership for owners, in addition to basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the AKC.

As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your pet. Dogs who have a solid education are a joy to live with – they respond well to household routines, have better manners in the presence of people and other dogs and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation and a high quality life.

Many dog owners complete AKC CGC training and testing as a prerequisite to therapy dog certification. While the AKC does not certify therapy dogs, there are national therapy dog groups (and in some cities local groups) that certify therapy dogs. Therapy Dogs International (TDI) uses the AKC Canine Good Citizen test as a key component of its therapy dog assessment. TDI can be reached at

Maximum class size: 6 dogs

Prerequisite: For dogs 1 year and older, plus completion of Basic Manners 2 or another comparable Manners class (not a puppy class).

Front-clip harness required for class.
Cost: $100 for 6 week class, $127 for 6 week class and front-clip harness.​​​

There is an additional fee of $10 for this class, which includes official CGC​​ testing.

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