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Testing for Canine Good Citizen Certification

You can now have your dog tested, for free, for the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification at our shelter. Dogs who pass certification will receive a gold star license tag. The CGC program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners at home and in the community for dogs.

Benefits of certification

Training strengthens the bond you have with your dog and provides intellectual stimulation for the dog. Reinforcing basic good manners is part of being a responsible dog owner.

Other benefits of certification include:

Who can participate?

Any dog – whether purebred or mixed breed – is welcome to participate. In addition:


You can train your dog yourself or attend training classes. Details about the training and finding classes are available from the AKC.

Certify your dog

To participate in free certification testing:

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior.

Canine Good Citizen test items and pledge

  1. Accept a friendly stranger
  2. Sit for petting
  3. Appearance/grooming
  4. Loose Leash Walking
  5. Walk through a crowd
  6. Sit and Down/Stay
  7. Come when called
  8. Reaction to another dog
  9. Reaction to distraction
  10. Supervised separation

Read the AKC Canine Good Citizen pledge.

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