What is 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
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training Class Schedule
|Start Date||#of Weeks||Day||Time||Cost||Description|
|Sep 21, 2019||6||Saturday||3:15 pm - 4:15 pm||$180.00||Gain owner and dog confidence in a variety of situations.|
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training Class Price
|Canine Good Citizen Class @ K9U Chicago|
|One Dog & Handler||6 weeks||$180.00|
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.
CGC 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 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:
- This will make walking in your neighborhood, or an unfamiliar location, a pleasurable experience for both you, your dog and others in the vicinity.
- 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!
Play My Way!
Chicago dogs love the personalized activities with their trainers or handlers
Meet Our Trainers
As the daughter of a veterinarian Amy has worked with dogs since the age of 13. This background instilled in her the importance of education and customer service. With over 20 years of dog training experience Amy prides herself in using only positive reinforcement to train dogs as well as their owners.
Always staying current with the latest in trends and developments in the industry, Amy is a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Amy regularly attends seminars to expand her knowledge and remain relevant.
Amy works with all kinds of dogs from puppies to reactive or shy dogs. Her philosophy begins by understanding how to best communicate with each dog, then she works with their owner to help them build a bond based on consistency and support.
Amy will be teaching classes and offering private training as well as board & train services in her position as Directorof Training at K9 University Chicago. She will work with all trainers to develop a broad range oftraining services that assist any dog and their owners as they work to improve communicationand strengthen their relationship.
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.
Victoria (Tori) Comerford
A Chicagoland native with a degree in Zoology from SIU, Carbondale, Tori comes to K9U Chicago with a diverse background caring for and understanding animals. This has provided her with the experience to not only train dogs but teach owners how to positively strengthen the bond they have with their dog.
Tori believes in the power of communication as a valuable skill that helps dogs become secure and well socialized. This starts with understanding dog body language and the subtle cues they send to express their feelings of fear, confusion, frustration and joy. Her work as a trainer starts with sharing this knowledge through fun games and exercises that allow dogs the chance to fundamentally be dogs while nurturing and rewarding new behaviors.
Tori has experience working with all types of dog breeds and families who have needs that range from welcoming new puppies to older dogs with specific challenges including reactivity and other behaviors that require training to desensitize the dogs to certain objects, noises or other dogs.
Tori will be teaching all levels of obedience training as well as working with daycare day train clients, our board & train camps and providing private training sessions.
A St. Louis native, Dawn comes to Chicago after graduating with honors from Lindenwood University. After receiving her degree in Biology, Dawn was a primate keeper for the St. Louis Zoo where she worked with apes, monkeys and lemurs. Training dogs was a natural extension of her education and personal interests, having been around dogs all her life. Her experience also includes working with veterinarians to rehabilitate wildlife.
Dawn is training dogs in our Day Camp and Puppy Obedience classes. She also loves spending time with new parents in the Puppy Play sessions on Saturday morning and is happy to share socialization tips with everyone who attends.
In her free time Dawn has enjoyed being involved with many different dog rescue communities and looks forward to making new friends and finding specials was to help Chicago area dogs in need find their forever homes.