Scout Earns His Canine Good Citizen Title

Posted: Mar 05 2009

Originally published February 27th, 2007

Our little Scout (Soft Maple’s Beachcomber CGC) has been a busy boy these past few weeks. In addition to winning his first conformation show, he earned his first AKC title, Canine Good Citizen (CGC).

According to the American Kennel Club, “Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with – they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. In a little over one decade, the Canine Good Citizen Program has begun to have an extremely positive impact in many communities. This is a program that can help assure that the dogs we love will always be welcomed and well-respected members of our communities.”

The CGC test consists of 10 exercises that you and your dog perform to the satisfaction of an AKC Canine Good Citizen certified evaluator. In addition to the 10 exercises, owners must sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge in which owners agree to take care of their dog’s health, needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life.

Scout took the CGC test at Call of the Wild School for Dogs, our favorite positive reinforcement dog training school in Chicago. However, there are many other locations that offer the CGC test on a periodic basis. Check with your local dog training club or log on to the AKC website at: for more information.


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