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How Much: $150
How Long: 4 weeks 1 hr class
Where: First Class is at Dakota Dog Park then we will visit different locations (Home Depot, Lowes, Wilco) depending on the skill level of the dogs.
Who: All dogs and puppies no matter what your skill level is.
    The goal of this class is to start your journey towards the CGC and improve your skills!
What: Curriculum based. Each week we will introduce different tests and their expectations.
The test is included at the end of the four weeks.

There are 4 tests your dog can take each with different curriculum. The class is focused on the CGC but if there is interest the other tests can be tried.

The Three main tests are done with no treats and flat collars or simple harnesses 

The Community Canine is done after the CGC

AKC S.T.A.R Puppy*

6 Week Class followed by a test 

Test items include:

Allows petting


Walking on a Leash





Reactions to distractions

Stay with another person on the leash

Canine Good Citizen

*This is the only test that requires a 6 week class. At this time I don't have the facilities to do this one

AKC Urban Canine

10 items are tested:

  1. Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings. 

  2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.

  3. Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces.

  4. Crossing street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner). Crosses street under control.

  5. Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).

  6. Person walks up and pets the dog. May be carrying an item such as a small dog in a bag, a computer bag, etc. Person does not put the bag down to pet the dog.

  7. Public Building (that is dog friendly). Walks under control in building (slick surface, carpeted floor). Down stay (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area, or waits while owner has a meal or snack.

  8. Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.

  9. Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living. Owner may verify this item. Evaluator may also observe in public buildings, or have observed in training classes.

  10. Transportation. Owner’s choice depending on transportation needs.

    1. Car. Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)

    2. Subway. Small dog in bag for ride. (large dogs are not always permitted; know and abide by the Transit Policies in your area).

    3. Dog friendly (enters/exits or allows to be put in/taken out) under control.

Canine Good Citizen
AKC Canine Good Citizen

10 items are tested:

Accepting a Friendly Stranger

Sitting Politely for Greetings

Appearance and Grooming

Out for a Walk (loose leash)

Walking through a crowd

Sit, down, and stay


Reactions to another dog

Reactions to distractions

Supervised Separation

Canine Good Citizen
AKC Community Canine 
Canine Good Citizen

To earn the CGCA title, the dog must:

  1. be registered or listed with AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number) and,

  2. already have a Canine Good Citizen award/title on record.

Dogs must pass all 10 items of the test to receive the CGCA title.

  1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner​ sits and has a snack or visits with another person (e.g., at a park)

  2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) -- does not pull.​

  3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd:​

  4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.

  5. Sit -- stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
    Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation.
    Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds)

  6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.
    "May I pet your dog?" (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)

  7. "Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."

  8. Down or sit stay -- distance (owner's choice).
    Dog is on 20--ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog.

  9. Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20--ft. **(off center) and calls dog.

  10. Dog will sit or stand stay (owner's choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.

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