Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training Class
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What is the Canine Good Citizen Class?

This is a 6-week class geared toward getting you and your dog ready to take on the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. There are no treats involved in the actual test. But don’t worry, we spend the first 5 weeks preparing for the test date. If you and your pup pass, you’ll get a ribbon, certificate, and paperwork for you to send into AKC- essentially certifying your dog as a Canine Good Citizen!

The Canine Good Citizen Test?

Simply stated this is a series of 10 tests that determine whether a dog is under control in a
variety of every day real-life situations and environments.

  • Test 1: Accepting a Friendly Stranger. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach and
    speak to the handler (the dog owner) in a natural, everyday situation.
  • Test 2: Sit Politely for Petting. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out
    with the handler.
  • Test 3: Appearance and Grooming. The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front
    feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
  • Test 4: Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead). Following the evaluator’s instructions, the
    dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).
  • Test 5: Walking Through a Crowd. The dog will walk through a small crowd of pedestrians,
    passing in close proximity to at least three people.
  • Test 6: Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place. The dog must demonstrate sit AND
    down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.
  • Test 7: Coming When Called. The dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet
    away on leash).
  • Test 8: Reaction to Another Dog. The dog will 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.
  • Test 9: Reaction to Distractions. The evaluator will select and present two distractions such
    as dropping a chair, etc.
  • Test 10: Supervised Separation. This test demonstrates that your dog can be left with a
    trusted person. The evaluator will hold your dog’s leash while you go out of sight for three
    minutes.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training Class Schedule

Start Date#of WeeksDayTimeCostDescription
January 7, 20216Thursday7:15 pm - 8:15 pm$200Gain owner and dog confidence in a variety of situations.
March 4, 20216Thursday7:15 pm - 8:15 pm$200Gain owner and dog confidence in a variety of situations.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training Class Price

Canine Good Citizen Class @ K9U Chicago
One Dog & Handler6 weeks$200.00

Why is Canine Good Citizen Training a Good Thing?

The reasons Canine Good Citizen training is beneficial are as varied as each individual dog and owner.

Canine Good Citizen training can be a necessary requirement for dogs to live in certain apartment or condo buildings. It can be a stepping stone for a dog on its way to becoming a therapy dog. And it can be a shared activity to deepen the bond between owner and dog.

Canine Good Citizen Training Class provides both owner and dog with peace-of-mind knowing that: “Hey, we got this!”

Whatever the reason it is indeed a good thing!

Other Helpful Benefits Of CGC Training

In an area like Chicago and its suburbs there are so many different kinds of distractions and unforeseen situations that might cause stress for all kinds of dogs. Having a dog that has gone through the CGC training protocol provides a sense of confidence for both the owner and the dog.

Other real-life benefits include:

Better Socialized

  • This will make walking in your neighborhood, or an unfamiliar location, a pleasurable experience for both you, your dog and others in the vicinity.

More Freedom

  • After this training new situations and new people will be something your dog (and you) can handle with ease. From dog parks to street festivals to a party at your home full of noise and new people wanting to say hello to your dog.
  • You can add a new family member or move to a new residence without worrying about how it will affect your dog.

A Deeper Understanding

  • You will learn more about your dog’s desire and ability to meet goals. You might learn that this training is something your dog loves to do and could be the first step in mastering other training programs.

And it is just a fun way to spend time with your best friend!

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Meet Our Trainers

Grace Huffman

Grace Huffman

Dog Trainer

Grace Huffman

Grace has been around dogs throughout her life. In many ways her life is centered around dogs. From training dogs, to relying on Medical Alert Service Dogs for daily tasks, to competing in National Agility competitions, dogs have been teammates, companions and life partners.

Grace’s home pack currently consists of four dogs each with their own special skills and gifts. She trains and competes in agility with her two Miniature Schnauzers Gus and Bernie, who qualified for nationals in his first year of competing! As well as her Standard Poodle, Rafiki, and her Sheltie, Bella, who is a NADAC Champion. Rafiki is also a working Medical Alert Dog and training for Water Fowl retrieval in her spare time.

At K9U Chicago Grace will teach all levels of Agility Training from puppies to competition and will be teaching group obedience training classes. Grace uses only positive training methods and believes in having fun while learning new skills that enhance the bond between dogs and their owners.

When not at K9U Chicago Grace volunteers with shelters and rescue groups in Naperville to help the disabled connect and train service dogs. She also founded Beard & Golden a hand-made custom clothing company providing dog gear and accessories.

Jessica Morales

Jessica Morales

Dog Trainer

Jessica Morales

Jessica is a native of Aurora, Illinois, and has a big love for dogs, especially large active breeds!
She has two dogs of her own that she trains in high energy sports such as Dock Diving and PSA, a protection sport. Her Cane Corso, Kovu, is a service dog and her German Shepherd, Akuma, is currently training in Schutzhund (IGP) a protective bite sport.

Her focus as a trainer at K9 University Chicago will be with our Day Trains, Board & Trains and Private Lesson programs. She has significant experience with many of the larger breeds that can be a bit more challenging to train, but of course she welcomes all breeds and can’t resist a puppy!

As a certified NAVC Canine Nutrition Coach, Jessica is happy to share her knowledge and expertise to help you optimize specific fitness and nutritional goals for your dog so they can live their best possible life, healthy and happy!

Gabrielle Plascak

Gabrielle Plascak

Dog Trainer

Gabrielle Plascak, CPDT-KA

Gabrielle has spent the last 18 years of her life not only training dogs, but training humans to train their dogs! Competing in 4-H obedience kick started her life long journey into the world of canine behavior. She is now certified under the Counsel of Certified Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer with Fear Free Pets , and a mentor trainer for aspiring trainers through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.

Gabrielle is always attending workshops, expos, and seminars on positive reinforcement training to ensure she is bringing you the latest and most updated ways to handle your doggo struggles.

Gabrielle has worked under other well-known trainers and performed training & canine behavior evaluations for multiple shelters, boarding facilities and vet clinics. She has dedicated her life to studying and teaching positive reinforcement and fear free handling/training to help improve the human/canine bond in the least invasive ways.

Gabrielle specializes in lifestyle coaching to help you and your dog grow and learn together in whatever way your lifestyle needs. She loves helping you through life with your dog starting from breed selections, breeder selections, puppy upbringing and to all other training needs to build a dog that fits in your personal life! She loves working with children and families to set them up for success because, as a mother herself, she knows how much work raising children and pups together can be!

Already have a dog that is proving to be unruly and not exactly the best companion yet? Gabrielle can help you make necessary adjustments and implement the proper training tactics to help you enjoy your dog! Cooperative care for veterinary and grooming needs is another topic Gabrielle excels in and can help you and your dog relieve tons of stress with routine husbandry tasks.

Gabrielle enjoys spending time with her family including her own springer spaniels Bobo & Belle.

Ryan Kamm

Ryan Kamm

Dog Trainer

Ryan Kamm

Ryan, a native Chicagoan and dog trainer since 2012, has a passion to understand dogs with special needs and a commitment to help their families provide them with the best care and life possible.

As a trainer at K9 University Chicago Ryan focuses on rehabilitating dogs that are reactive and have specific aggressions or triggers. His work allows these dogs to become more confident and comfortable around other dogs and people.

This work is highly specialized and rewarding but also critically important in a city that has so many dogs living together in close proximity with distractions that can easily become reactivity triggers for dogs that may have been abused or not socialized.

Ryan runs our Social Rehabilitation Group for dogs that need to play away from the main daycare groups. He often brings his own dogs, all rescues; Zedah, a Dogo Argentino, Maya, an American Staffordshire Terrier, and Spyro, an American Bully, to help teach the other dogs how to successfully play and cohabitate in a group setting.

Ryan also works with clients offering Board & Train packages and private training sessions.

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Why Our Clients Love Us

K9U is great. They offer classes as well as day camp /sitting services. The size of the location is pretty impressive, as they have a large indoor and outdoor areas for dogs to play. (They even pick up and drop off your dog.). The staff and trainers are very friendly and extremely effective.James J.
K9 University is great. We’ve been going there for 7 and a half years. We’ve done training, we’ve done agility, we’ve done boarding and we’ve done daycare. The only thing we haven’t done is a drop off and pick up. My dog is kind of a nut and they deal with her well. Debbie W.
My dog has experienced everything at K9U: daycare, classes and boarding. When he is either picked up by the K9U van or dropped off his tail is wagging like crazy. When I pick him up he is happy to see me, goes outside to relieve himself and then pulls to go back in. Jane F.
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