Holbrook, MA, is the home of Canine College, which offers the Canine Good Citizen Test! In 1989, the American Kennel Club established the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program to promote responsible dog ownership. An hour-long 10-step test is conducted between the dog and its handler. With a CGC certificate, your dog becomes a reliable family member and a trusted canine citizen in your community. Would your dog qualify as a Canine Good Citizen? Continue reading to find out!


What’s Included in This Test?

The Good Citizen test at Canine College includes the following ten steps.

Test 1: Greeting a Friendly Stranger

This test shows if a dog will allow a stranger to approach the handler naturally and not become ill-mannered.

Test 2: Politely Sitting While Being Pet

This illustrates that a dog will politely allow a stranger to pet them without its handler.

Test 3: Allows Basic Grooming

This test demonstrates whether or not a dog will allow a vet or friend to groom or examine the dog without any significant problems.

Test 4: Walking With a Loose Leash

This indicates that a dog is under control when going for a walk.

Test 5: Politely Moves Through a Crowd

This test demonstrates whether or not a dog can handle being in public places with moderate pedestrian traffic.

Test 6: Responds to These Commands: “Sit”, “Down,” and “Stay in Place”

This basic test demonstrates that a dog is properly trained and responds to a handler’s command to sit, lay down, and remain in place.

Test 7: Coming When Called

This is another simple test proving that a dog comes when the handler calls.

Test 8: Positive Reaction Around Other Dogs

This test is significant as it distinguishes how a dog behaves around other dogs.

Test 9: Appropriate Reactions to Distractions

Distractions are common. This test demonstrates a dog is confident and at ease when faced with one.

Test 10: Good Manners When Left With a Trusted Person

You will likely need to leave your dog with a trusted person sometimes. This test demonstrates a dog remains in good behavior when left with another person.


How Can Your Pup Qualify For This Test Today?

A leash is required for all tests. Treats and toys cannot be used to entice a dog to perform during the trial. The team will fail unless all items are completed to the desired level. Contact our team at Canine College today if you think your dog may have what it takes to qualify as a good citizen. We are more than happy to help get you started! You can reach us by calling 781-767-3908.

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