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4 week board and train

This training covers work at home (crate & housebreaking when needed) as well as exposing your dog to multiple environments to desensitize them to distractions and create confidence you can depend on!

  • Obedience commands: sit, down, come, heel, place.

  • The ability to be obedient whether on or off-leash.

  • Manners in the home, including the patterns of good behavior expected of a family dog.

  • The ability to be calm and relax in their crate, whether or not you're home.

  • Manners and social experience around dogs and humans (kids and adults).

  • Good behavior in "real life" settings such as a family home, stores, parks, soccer practices, pet-friendly dining establishments, etc.

  • Will be able to complete and earn CGC, CGCA and CGCU (please note puppies produced here will be tested by another evaluator) 




$50 for each CGC test (must be in person) This includes 3 re tries on different days

$20 per Trick Dog title (can be submitted via video)

Canine Good Citizen Test Items

  • Test 1 : Accepting a friendly stranger +

    This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.

    HOW IT WORKS: The evaluator approaches the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler do a pretend handshake (hands not touching) and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness.


  • Test 2 : Sitting politely for petting +

    This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler.

    HOW IT WORKS: With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.


  • Test 3 : Appearance and grooming +

    This test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer, or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern, and sense of responsibility.

    HOW IT WORKS: The evaluator examines the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy, and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it, and give encouragement throughout.


  • Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead) + This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog when the dog is walking on a leash.

    HOW IT WORKS: The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.


  • Test 5: Walking through a crowd +

    This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control when on leash in public

    HOW IT WORKS: The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.


  • Test 6: Sit and down on cue and stay in place +

    This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s cues to sit and down and will remain in place (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers).

    HOW IT WORKS: The dog must do sit AND down when cued by the handler, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog’s leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one cue to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s cues. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns, and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.


  • Test 7: Coming when called +

    This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler.

    HOW IT WORKS: With the dog still on the 20 ft. line from Test #6, the handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to “stay” or “wait” or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.


  • Test 8: Reaction to another dog +

    This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs.

    HOW IT WORKS: Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, pretend to shake hands (hands do not touch) and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.


  • Test 9: Reaction to distraction +

    This test demonstrates that the dog is always confident when faced with common distracting situations.

    HOW IT WORKS: The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.


  • Test 10: Supervised separation

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