The Canine Good Citizen Test in Your Home!

Print pagePDF pageEmail page


Cute eminent graduation havanese dog wit red cap

CGC Graduate!

Did you know that you can have your dog complete the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification in your home?

The CGC Certificate is the first step for most Therapy Dog programs. Most programs have their own requirements and CGC Certification is the first step in the process.

Linda Michaels, M.A., Del Mar Dog Training offers customized, in-your-home evaluation and training instructions session, plus one field trip session. Certification when your dog passes!

Find out what your dog already knows, and what your dog needs to learn to pass the 10-item test below and become a proud certificant in this popular AKC program.

Hang the Certificate on your fridge, purchase a CGC leash or medal, and proudly show off your dog’s new skills.

Wonderful for any dog–especially for breeds that can benefit from being formally reclassified as “Good Citizens”.

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Training and Testing Items

1. Accepting a friendly stranger.  

2. Sitting politely for petting.  

3. Appearance and grooming.  

4. Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead).  

5. Walking through a crowd.  

6. Sit and Down on command and Staying in place.  

7. Coming when called.

8. Reaction to another dog.  

9. Reaction to distraction.  

10. Supervised separation.

Linda Michaels, “Dog Psychologist,” M.A./Psychology a Top Ten Rated U.S. Dog Trainer — Del Mar Dog Training, may be reached at 858.259.WOOF (9663) or by email:  for private manners/obedience instruction and behavioral consultations near Del Mar and the San Diego Coast. Please visit us at  All rights reserved.

Related articles:

Hierarchy of Dog Needs

Positive Pet Parenting Part 1

Positive Pet Parenting Part 2


Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology, Del Mar Dog Training, serves clients in Del Mar and San Diego County from La Jolla to Carlsbad, plus Rancho Santa Fe, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Linda Michaels was recently rated one of the top ten dog trainers in the United States, by Top Ten Magazine. Linda has a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology (Hons), and is the creator of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs™ (HDN). She focuses on the psychological aspects of dog behavior that often mirror human psychological conditions, such as: fear, separation/attachment disorders, and aggression toward humans and other dogs. She also teaches private, customized basic manners/obedience lessons for dogs of all ages and every breed.

Featured Posts