AKC® CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® PROGRAM

  • Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • Appearance and grooming
  • Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Sit and Down on command and Staying in place
  • Coming when called
  • Reaction to another dog
  • Reaction to distraction
  • Supervised separation

AKC CGC RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER’S PLEDGE

I will be responsible for my dog’s health needs. These include:


  • routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines.
  • adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times.
  • daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming I will be responsible for my dog’s safety.
  • I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.
  • I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification when appropriate (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).
  • I will provide adequate supervision when my dog and children are together.
  • I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
  • I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.
  • I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.
  • I will give my dog attention and playtime.
  • I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.

  • how it works

    You can attend a basic training or CGC class to

    teach your dog the CGC behaviors, or if you have

    the skills and knowledge, you can teach your dog

    the CGC skills. When your dog is ready, you’ll sign up for a CGC test administered

    by Gail an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator.