There are a lot of misconceptions about what getting your dog Canine Good Citizen or ‘CGC’ tested means. Here are some common Q & A’s that we at Behave get about the test
“What are the benefits of getting my dog CGC tested?”
There are many benefits of CGC classes, and testing! The CGC is a standardized test by the American Kennel Club stating your dog is generally friendly and nice to be around. It is a great safeguard, and many homeowners insurances will offer lower prices to dogs who have their CGC’s, and insure homes with breeds they otherwise would not (pitties, Doberman, Chow Chows, Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, etc). In addition, if your dog ever has to act to defend you, this test shows they are not normally an aggressive animal.
“When I get my CGC test, can my dog go in to stores and hospitals with me?”
No, the CGC test is not the same as your dog becoming an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), Therapy Dog (TDI), or Service Animal. The CGC test is a fabulous prerequisite to any of these, however, and we highly recommend it if you plan on going down these routes!
“What does my dog need to know to pass her Canine Good Citizen test?”
A well balanced and properly exercised dog should be able to learn and pass the requirements to the CGC within one to two months. The dog should be able to walk nicely on a leash without bribery or correction, coming back when called (on leash), sit/down stays, walking through a crowd nicely, greet people and dogs pleasantly without overexcitement, aggression, or fear, stand for grooming, and stay with a different person than their owner calmly. For exact testing requirements, check them out on the AKC’s website here
“How much is the test for Canine Good Citizen?”
The test itself is $10-$15, and it is not required to take the classes if your dog can pass the test. Some facilities do require this, but Behave does not. Our classes for CGC are $10/session or $32/four, and we require six sessions.
“Is there an age requirement for the CGC test?”
Puppies must have all of their shots to participate. The Behave! Dog Training and the AKC recommend you re-test puppies once they are adults, as personalities can change over time. However, it is not mandatory. There is no age cap – even a ten year old dog can benefit from obtaining their CGC!
If you have any other questions regarding the CGC test or classes, feel free to contact us at ResultsWithBehave@gmail.com