Good Citizen Classes
The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers any breed of dog the opportunity to earn the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate. "Started in 1989, 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 AKC. ...The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, [therapy], agility, tracking, and performance events." (AKC.org)
This six-week advanced training course is designed around a wide variety of fun and challenging real life situations that usually drive dogs to distraction. Bouncing balls, Frisbees, fetching dogs, canes, crutches, wheelchairs, hospital gurneys, vacuum cleaners, total food control, loud noises, musical instruments, remote control devices, wind up devices, big hats, costumes, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, noisy kids, kids' toys, and small animals are some of the featured elements. Many of you will be happy to hear that there are no lectures in this course! We do long distance and extended term exercises to increase your dog's capabilities and reliability. Dogs that work very well on leash will begin off-leash work. This training prepares your dog for the AKC Good Citizen evaluation that is given in the sixth week of class.
Some insurance companies, apartment management, homeowner and condominium associations are requiring CGC certification or offering discounts to those who have dogs that have earned it. All dogs entering this class are required to have completed our beginning obedience course or an equivalent. WE HAVE LOTS OF FUN IN THIS CLASS!
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Refresher drop-ins encouraged, $10 per visit