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Who Can Participate (AKC)

The Canine Good Citizen test ensures your favorite companion, your dog, can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs.  This test of your dog’s manners and training is not a competition and does not require that you and your dog perform with precision.  It is a way for you and your dog to bond and assure that your dog will always be welcome and respected in your community.


1. Accepting a friendly stranger – Evaluator approaches, shakes hands with handler. Does not touch dog.

2. Sitting politely for petting – Evaluator pets dog, dog must show no shyness or resentment.

3. Appearance and grooming – Evaluator inspects dog, combs or brushes lightly, examines ears and each front foot.

4. Out for a walk – Handler takes dog for a short walk including right turn, left turn about turn and stop.

5. Walking through a crowd – Dog and handler walk close to several people; dog may show casual interest but not jump up.

6. Sit and down on command/Staying in place – Handler shows dog can do sit and down, chooses a position, leaves dog, goes to end of 20 ft. line and returns immediately.

7. Coming when called – With dog still on 20 ft. line from Test 6, handler walks out 10 ft. and calls the dog.

8. Reaction to another dog – Two handlers and dogs approach, shake hands, exchange pleasantries, move on. Dogs can show casual interest.

9. Reaction to distractions – Distractions are presented; dogs may not panic or show aggression.

10. Supervised Separation – Handler goes out of sight for 3 min. Dog is held on 6 ft. leash by an evaluator.