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Training with Treats 

Just about any dog can learn such basic commands as sit, come, and heel. Some can add a few others to their repertoire. Still others may be able to master surprisingly complex tricks. No matter what level of skill you’re aiming for, training your dog simply requires an investment of time, patience and, of course, treats. But to get the most success out of each yummy morsel there are a few things you should know. Here is some food for thought.

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.