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Canine Good Citizen®

The AKC Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for good canine manners. Dogs who pass the 10-step test will earn the AKC’s official “CGC” title. This e-book is a great place to learn what the CGC is all about. It includes a breakdown of the test items and what the evaluator will be looking for. Thousands of dogs and owners belong to the community of Canine Good Citizens nationwide. Why shouldn’t you and your pet join the fun? The AKC's e-book, “10 Essential Skills: Canine Good Citizen Test Items,” is free.

About this Series

At the AKC, we know better than anyone that your dog can’t be treated like a car or an appliance, but we’ve named this series “A Dog Owner’s Manual” because sometimes you probably wish your lovable companions came with one.

These concise guides give you the tools, tips, and direction to be a responsible and confident dog owner who brings out the best in your dog. Give them a test drive!

Find a dog trainer near your location and take the Canine Good Citizen test for your dog.

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Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

This 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.