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AKC CGC Testing and 
                       
Certification
If all ten objectives are met, the handler may apply for a certificate and special dog tag from the AKC stating the dog has earned the CGC.  Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC to earn a CGC, nor do they have to be pure-bred, or in fact; registered with any canine organization. The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs.Since its inception the CGC program has become the model for similar programs around the world. This is the backbone of other exams, such as those given for therapy dogs and is a good starting point for more advanced dog training.The program has also been an important option for some communities wrestling with whether to adopt breed specific legislation (BSL). Cities like Pasco, Washington which had pit bull owner problems. Their hybrid program allowed owners to either secure very expensive insurance or have their dog pass the CGC test. The test, in this case, was actually more a Good Canine Owner test and led to a drastic reduction of dog threats and attacks.

This is a great test for all Phoenix dog owners who want to get the most out of their dog obedience training. Hiring the right dog trainer in Phoenix is of the utmost importance when you want real results without any gimmicks. Serving the greater Phoenix area and providing professional Phoenix in home dog training.
We offer The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test at a location in your area at a time which works for your schedule. Do you want CGC certification? Not only can we prepare you for CGC certification but we are also certified to administer the test.  I am a AKC certified evaluator and will be happy to help you achieve you goals of GCG certification.   Did you know that with your CGC certificate you can do therapy work in hospitals, nursing homes, and other places where your dog can brighten someone's day.  CGC is often the first step in the therapy dog training process.  Please remember that therapy dog's are not required legally to be allowed into establishments that do not allow pets.  These are not service dogs.  Each individual establishment may have specific requirements other than the CGC for therapy work.  If you have a specific place in mind that you would like to donate time to then I suggest you contact them for specific requirements.  There are many other benefits from taking the CGC test and I can help you get there so lets get started.
The CGC program, established in 1989, is an American Kennel Club program promoting responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs. A dog and handler team must take a short behavioral evaluation of less than half an hour. Dogs who pass the evaluation earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate. Many people represent this after the dogs' name, abbreviating it as CGC; for example, " Fido, CGC".The evaluation consists of ten objectives. All items must be completed satisfactorily or the team fails.
Test Items:
1. Accepting a friendly stranger.
2. Sitting politely for petting.
3. Allowing basic grooming procedures.
4. Walking on a loose lead.
5. Walking through a crowd.
6. Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.
7. Coming when called.
8. Reacting appropriately to another dog.
9. Reacting appropriately to distractions.
10.Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner.

Evaluators sometimes combine elements during the actual test.
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