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Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by maryellen, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. maryellen

    maryellen Good Dog

    for those of you that want to get the CGC title, here is the test:

    Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog's health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.

    After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:

    Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
    This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.

    Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
    This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler's side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

    Test 3: Appearance and grooming
    This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner's care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.

    Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
    This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog's position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler's movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.

    Test 5: Walking through a crowd
    This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.

    Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
    This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler's commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog's leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler's commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.

    Test 7: Coming when called
    This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to "stay" or "wait" or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.

    Test 8: Reaction to another dog
    This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.

    Test 9: Reaction to distraction
    This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.

    Test 10: Supervised separation
    This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's alright").


    All tests must be performed on leash. Dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. Special training collars such as pinch collars, head halters, etc. are not permitted in the CGC test. We recognize that special training collars may be very useful tools for beginning dog trainers, however, we feel that dogs are ready to take the CGC test at the point at which they are transitioned to regular collars.

    The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test. The owner/handler should bring the dog's brush or comb to the test.


    Owners/handlers may use praise and encouragement throughout the test. The owner may pet the dog between exercises. Food and treats are not permitted during testing, nor is the use of toys, squeaky toys, etc. to get the dog to do something. We recognize that food and toys may provide valuable reinforcement or encouragement during the training process but these items should not be used during the test.

    Failures - Dismissals

    Any dog that eliminates during testing must be marked failed. The only exception to this rule is that elimination is allowable in test Item 10, but only when test Item 10 is held outdoors.

    Any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack a person or another dog is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.

    CAROLINA Puppy

    thanks for the info
  3. rokitt51

    rokitt51 Puppy

    Wow i didnt know that there were such tests. By the way hello, Im new here to the site.
  4. RottNPitLvr

    RottNPitLvr Little Dog

    I thought CGC was easier than TT when doing them for/with Isabella... You can talk to your dog during CGC testing, but can't talk during TT...
  5. maryellen

    maryellen Good Dog

    yep the cgc is easier then the tt...
  6. Jelet

    Jelet Banned

    rex could pass all of the test. except for the one where it ask him to go in down mode. because i never really tought rex down..
  7. Rai_77

    Rai_77 Good Dog

    How is this thing graded? Can they fail any part, or is any failure in any part failure of the whole test? I want to get my boy tested, but he is very shy. He is going to try to walk away in tests 1 and 2. Test 8...I'm not sure. He won't lunge for the other dog, but who is this other dog?
  8. AnnieC

    AnnieC Good Dog

    The dog must pass each part.

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    The test is not graded, its a simple pass or fail. Shyness and reluctance to approach the tester is a fail.

    On test #8 the dog is a neutral, friendly dog. I like using my friend Nikkis dog, Kuma, as he is very well trained and stands next to her while the handlers shake hands and move on. Basically, I look for you being in control of your dog and your dog not crossing your path to greet the other dog.
  10. pitbulldean

    pitbulldean Puppy

    how old should your pit be before u take this test or does it matter ? any ideas
  11. PNWPBR

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    There is no age that the dog has to be for a CGC, but myself as an evaluator, id like for the dog to be a year.

  12. Rai_77

    Rai_77 Good Dog

    :( Too bad the person he'd have to approach can't be a kid! he'd fly right through then.
  13. chukunezu82

    chukunezu82 Puppy

    i always wanted to know how the test worked. thanks!!!
  14. Rai_77

    Rai_77 Good Dog

    Is the dog comparable in size to the dog being tested? He'd be okay with a dog his own size, but he'll eat a Shih-Tzu if I'm not supposed to be correcting him.
  15. jonaps30

    jonaps30 Puppy


    My girl Hazel just passed her CGC a few weeks ago. The evaluator was very positive which made it easier. I was a little intense and she kept reminding me that I could talk to Hazel throughout the test and that it was not an obedience test.
  16. PNWPBR

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    It would depend on your tester. Some testers will do individual testing for you, others prefer to only do them at pre-arranged events. Usually they have a dog in mind for the tests. I love using my friend Nikkis dog, Kuma, hes very easy going and makes the dog test a breeze.
  17. Rai_77

    Rai_77 Good Dog

    The one nearest to me is by appointment only. I'll email them and ask,thanks!
  18. PNWPBR

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    Good luck and always feel free to pm me with any questions! Im happy to help get more APBT's on the road to their CGC! :D
  19. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    am scared to do this with my dogs. I took my Phoenix to get TT tested and he failed one part cause he didn't like the friendly stranger lady talking to him in baby talk. He didn't ruffle fur or growl or move behind me or anything. he moved to the end of the 6" leash and stayed there. Didn't want to have anything to do with her. He passed everything else. So am worried about doing the CGC with him. My female would cry when I had to leave her site and would fail because of that. I DO NOT know how to make her NOT do this. ANy suggestions?? And the pup, Orion barks at anyone he doesn;t know. Am going to post these questions elsewhere.
  20. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    Have you done formal obedience classes? If not that would be a good place to start :)

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