Canine Good Citizen Classes

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program

What is it?

dog with leashWelcome to the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program. 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.

The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test.

State legislatures began recognizing the CGC program as a means of advocating responsible dog ownership and 34 states now have Canine Good Citizen resolutions.

In a little over one decade, the Canine Good Citizen Program has begun to have an extremely positive impact in many of our communities. This is a program that can help us assure that the dogs we love will always be welcomed and well-respected members of our communities.

PREREQUISITE: Require 2 group sessions, or combination of private and group training. If you have trained with another trainer, to qualify to take the CGC training course, Nancy will meet with you and your dog for a free training evaluation.


I highly recommend Nancy Hardy at Bonefide Dog Training.  In fact, we just signed up for the AKC Canine Good Citizen course.  Thanks to Nancy I am a perfectly happy dog Mom with the perfect dog for me.