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Canine Good Citizen


To pass the CGC test, a dog must prove they are able to behave in a public setting. It tests whether a dog can be calm around a new person or dog, walk on a loose leash through a crowd, sit while a stranger pets them and be separated from their owner for three minutes without anxiety. They must also sit, lie down and come on command when called.

Here are 10 great reasons why you should get Canine Good Citizen Award for your dog:

1 – Use the CGC test to your advantage against breed discrimination laws. Unfortunately, more and more cities are passing laws that ban certain breeds. If you own one of these breeds of dogs that are unfairly labeled as dangerous , but your dog has passed the CGC test, you will have a better chance at proving your dog is harmless to others

2 – Some apartments only allow dogs that have a CGC certificate. Certain apartment complexes, parks and other public places will only allow dogs that have proof of passing the CGC test. If you own a larger breed like a German Shepherd or Rottweiler, showing proof of CGC completion gives you a better chance of getting into an apartment.

3 – It’s a good test to see where you’re at with training. Exposing your dog to new environments and testing their skills, as well as yours, will only benefit you both. You can always retake the test after receiving more training.

4 – The CGC test gives you a goal to work toward. It’s easier to train your dog when you have a specific goal in mind. Sign up for training with a Certified AKC/CGC Evaluator at B & B K-9, for obedience training as well a pre testing of the CGC requirements.

5 – The Canine Good Citizen test is often one of the first steps to becoming a therapy dog.The CGC test is used by Therapy Dogs International in its assessment of potential therapy dogs. The test is often a prerequisite for more advanced therapy dog training.

6 – Visiting new places will not be such a big deal for you and your dog. A good way to prepare for the CGC test is to walk your dog in several new places, exposing them to many new situations. Your dog may respond much better to commands at home than anywhere else, but working with them in new environments really helps.

7 – The Canine Good Citizen test is a good preparation for more advanced training. Once your dog has completed the CGC test, you will have a good base to start obedience competitions and agility.

8 – Set a good example for other dog owners. A well trained dog responds to its owner and makes it easier to dedicate more time to training. It’s also good way to encourage kids to get involved with training.

9 – Your dog will become more socialized. To pass the test, your dog must stay under control around distractions, including new people and other dogs in all environments. That’s what every dog and their owner wants.

10 – The CGC test is fun. It’s good to know your dog can tag along in any situation and remain under control. All of your training goals can be met with the help of B & B K-9 at our indoor and outdoor Training Center.

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