When you start your Canine Good Citizen™ journey, you’re doing more than just teaching your dog ten skills to ensure they’re a good companion. You’re strengthening your bond and providing them with mental and physical exercise, as well as a healthy dose of socialization.
You can begin your CGC training with your dog at home or in formal classes. All you need is love, patience and tons of praise. To ensure your dog has proper socialization and expert training, we suggest exploring the options for CGC group classes in your area, or searching for private trainers nearby. If you’d like to get a jumpstart with training on your own, browse our video series to get tips and tricks, but be sure your pup still has plenty of opportunities to socialize with other dogs in group situations. The socialization aspects are the components where most dogs struggle to pass the ten skills on the exam—and we all want your dog to be an A+ student!