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 everyday 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 a 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 effect 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
Judy Louis is a certified clicker trainer – certified by Karen Pryor Academy. Her goal is to develop the incredible human /animal bond using clicker training. Judy uses positive reinforcement techniques to teach socialization and behavior skills for both her human and canine clients. She will help you successfully integrate your dog or puppy into your home and lifestyle. Judy coaches clients in the comfort of their homes, in small group classes, in board & train programs or via day training based on their desired environment and needs of the animal. Her clients receive daily videos to observe the techniques and cues that are being used to train their dog, and to monitor progress. The videos are invaluable, especially once the training is complete, as they allow you to view them again as needed, ensuring a lifetime of reinforcing positive behaviors and communicating effectively with your furry friend.
Training Options Available: Board & Train, Day Training, Private In-Home Training and Small Group Obedience Training Classes.
My journey to the world of dog training was one of not only love, but necessity. My wife and I got our first pup, Newkie, over 10 years ago while in our mid-twenties. She is a beautiful Chow-chow/Australian Sheppard mix who was 8 weeks old at the time. This may come as a surprise, but those weren’t the most responsible years of our lives. Lucky for us she is awesome. Fast-forward 8 years when we finally decide to expand our pack. I was older, wiser, and more responsible. I planned to do this one “by the book”. Newkie came out great with little effort so this is going to be a piece of cake…right? Wrong. Enter 8-week-old Chow-Chow mix, The Fuzz. She is quite possibly the cutest, softest and most innocent looking dog on the planet. Alas, she was the anti- Newkie. Her leash reactivity to other dogs was off the charts. She tore up the wallpaper and trim. She constantly pestered poor Newk. She even ate her own poop! EWWW!!! How could this be? I took it upon myself to figure this out. I got a library card and read every dog-training book I could get my hands on. I volunteered at a local no-kill rescue, PAWS Chicago. I learned about the power of marker training and counter-conditioning. I’ll never forget the day we started to seek other dogs out on walks rather than avoid them. Clicker training then led me to a technique known as shaping, which I used to teach Newkie how to put her toys away. Sooo…if I can teach the “good one” to put her toys away and the “crazy one” to not be crazy, I think I may have found my calling. We have since rescued a 3-year- old male pitty, named Sir Licks A Lot, whom we call SirLee. I strive to help all dogs, from The Fuzz to Newkie, to teach them how to be a dog in our crazy human world. And to help their humans better understand them along the way. Dogs are amazing and have taught me so much; it only seems fair I return the favor. Wag On.
In an effort to help create a “liveable dog,” Josh regularly addresses anything from basic puppy obedience to severe reactivity and everything in between.
Ryan Kamm is a native Chicagoan who has been involved in animal care and a student of animal behavior throughout his life. He has been a dog trainer since 2012 and began his professional journey by training his two rescue dogs; one Dogo Argentino and an American Staffordshire Terrier.
Ryan provides training services at all levels including Puppy, Adult and Senior dogs. Additionally, Ryan offers various training classes including Agility Training and works with clients one-on-one via private sessions.
Ryan also specializes in training dogs with special needs including blind and deaf dogs.
Contact us today to discuss your specific training needs and to schedule a free 30-minute evaluation with Ryan.
Nadine worked for a professional trainer for nearly two and a half years before been welcomed to K9 University. While there she worked with a variety of breeds with a wide range of behavioral issues, including, basic obedience, dog reactivity, house manners, pulling on lead, fearfulness, and human reactivity. In addition, she has volunteered at a shelter for animals for 3 years interacting with multiple dogs. As a trainer, one of her favorite areas to work on with client dogs is good manners on a walk. She is also very passionate about building motivation in the dog. The more motivation a dog has to do something, the more solid that behavior will be. She is always looking for new innovations and techniques in order to stay up to date in her field.