Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training
"The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club." - AKC website
CGC training is a great way to up your dog's skills and are the skills most dog owners desire of their furry companions. The evaluation consists of ten test items to include: polite greetings, loose-leash walking, friendliness with strangers, walking past another dog calmly, cues such as sit, down, stay, and come, and lastly, calm or no reactions to stimuli such as movement, sounds, & separation.
CGC is also the first step many owners take if they are interested in doing therapy dog work.
*CGC training can sometimes help with some breed restrictions & insurance for your pet if he is recognized as a Canine Good Citizen.