Getting Started in Training


Before AKC Community Canine℠

The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program trains dogs "from puppies to the community."

With the introduction of AKC Community Canine, the Canine Good Citizen Program now provides a comprehensive 3 level training program for you and your dog.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

The First Step in Training

You and your puppy attend a class at least 6 weeks long to earn the STAR certificate and gold medal. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible dog ownership.

To get your puppy started in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, see:

Canine Good Citizen

Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs

The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.

To earn your dog's Canine Good Citizen title, see:

AKC Community Canine

Advanced CGC

AKC Community Canine extends the skills learned in CGC to the community. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test are eligible to earn the "CGCA" (Advanced CGC) title.

To learn about the AKC Community Canine test, see: