Canine Good Citizen Certification

cgc-logoWhat is CGC?

Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Who Can Participate?

All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.

There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen. Puppies who have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested, however, because behavior and temperament can change over time, when puppies pass the CGC test, owners should have them re-tested as adults.

More information from the AKC website

Video of the CGC test

How do I sign up?

Contact the office to schedule a time. There are additional fees for this service.


Note: PAWS for People does not require this certification. Our STEX certification is enough for you and your pet to become a PAWS therapy team. It is, however, a publicly acknowledged certification and we encourage you to complete the CGC requirements.