Canine Good Citizen Class

Class is not available for registration


Classes not currently available for registration. Upcoming class session is 2024 Session 1, starting on Tue 01-23-2024.
Public registration starts Sat 01-13-2024 8:00 AM. GSDOC members can register on Thu 01-11-2024 8:00 AM.
Registration closes on Sun 01-21-2024 11:59 PM.

Class Time: 7:30 PM
Class Length: 7 weeks
Class Tier: Tier A
Class Day/Location: Tuesdays/Versa Dog Sports
Class Session: 2024 Session 1

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class is for dogs older than 6 months who would like to earn a CGC certificate. The class will help students to prepare for each behavior that will be tested. To pass the CGC test the dog must be able to show mastery of 10 skills.

  • Test 1 : Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Test 2 : Sitting politely for petting
  • Test 3 : Appearance and grooming
  • Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
  • Test 5: Walking through a crowd (on a loose leash)
  • Test 6: Sit and down on cue and stay in place
  • Test 7: Coming when called
  • Test 8: Reaction to another dog
  • Test 9: Reaction to distraction
  • Test 10: Supervised separation

All dog and handler teams who finish this class will have the opportunity to take the CGC final evaluation. Upon passing the evaluation, you will receive a GSDOC certificate of completion and an AKC form that you may send to AKC to receive an official AKC Certificate and/or Title (depending on your selections). For more information on this program please visit: Note: GSDOC welcomes the community to take the CGC final exam, but our CGC students and members have priority to fill evaluation slots, first.

Additional Information

Pre-Requisite: Dogs 6 months or older. We recommend dogs should have passed STAR Puppy, or similarly structured beginning training class. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team. All owners must provide documentation of current vaccinations, including rabies for dogs four months of age or older on the day of registration. Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar, martingale, or walking harness; a dog brush; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog. All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.

Class Tiers

Our goal is for dog and handler teams to progress through a structured curriculum of classes that are grouped in levels of ability. Before students may progress from Tier A to Tier B, we strongly recommend teams pass all Tier A level classes. For Tier B through Tier D, progression depends on student ability.

* STAR Puppy
* Tier A classes (beginner): Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Focus and Impulse Control (FIC), and Obedience I (Ob I).
* Tier B classes (novice to intermediate): Tricks Novice/Intermediate, Agility Foundations, and Obedience II.
* Tier C classes (intermediate): Agility I and Rally I.
* Tier D classes (advanced): Agility II, Rally II, and Show N Go.
* Specialty classes (conditional).

We adapted the AKC STAR Puppy and CGC classes to fit our club needs. We offer AKC testing for these two classes at the end of every session. We suggest that teams first progress from STAR to CGC, which follows the AKC program design. Tier A level teams may then take FIC and Ob I to finish off Tier A class progression. Please talk with instructors or the Director of Training if you have questions about class progression or availability.