If your dog is on the path to becoming a Canine Good Citizen, this class will provide additional practice before taking the test.
Does your dog desire to be a Canine Good Citizen? Need some practice before taking the test? Then this class is just what you need! Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a six week class. In each weekly session, participants will cover three parts of the test. Each session lasts about one hour. On the last week we will have a CGC Evaluator come in to test the dogs.
About Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification
The purpose of the Canine Good Citizen Test is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community. Dogs become respected members of their communities when they are trained to act mannerly in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. All dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds are embraced by and welcomed in the Canine Good Citizen program. There is a 10 point test that a dog must pass in order to receive the certification. Click here for the full description of all 10 points in the test.
We will be covering all the skills required in the test:
- Accepting a friendly stranger
- Sitting politely for petting
- Appearance and grooming*
- Walking on loose leash
- Walking through a crowd
- Sit and down on command and staying
- Coming when called
- Reaction to another dog
- Reaction to distraction
- Supervised separation
*Bring your dog's brush or comb for the Appearance and Grooming skill.
In keeping with the requirements of the test, your dog needs to have a well-fitted collar and leash. Correctly fitted body-harnesses are also allowed. Pinch collars, head halters, electronic collars and retractable leashes are not permitted.
Good Manners or an equivalent introductory training class (such as puppy kindergarten, adolescent puppy, etc.) is needed before registering for Canine Good Citizen.
This class is $150.00. Fees for classes are subject to change and are non-refundable. For more information about our refund policy, visit our Training Class FAQ page.
Is your dog reactive or aggressive to humans or other dogs?
What does it mean for your dog to be reactive? Dogs may be considered reactive if they bark, growl, lunge, or snap around people or other dogs. Reactive dogs have a hard time focusing on their owner during the class making it hard for them to learn and retain the information they are being taught.
If your dog displays any of the behaviors listed above, please set up a private consultation at ARL Main by e-mailing Petbehavior@arl-iowa.org.
Click on the button below and scroll to find the class date you would like to attend. You will be walked through the online registration process. Payment will be through the online registration system. No registration will be considered confirmed without payment.