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AKC Family Dog Program

AKC Family Dog Program

4-H Dog Project Manual

AKC Family Dog is a comprehensive good manners program for all dogs, whether purebred or mixed breed. While participating in enjoyable activities that are fun for both dogs and people, dogs become well-socialized and develop a lifelong bond with their owners.

Within the AKC Family Dog organizational umbrella are programs that teach family members how to best communicate with their dogs. The CGC programs (AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, and AKC Community Canine and Urban CGC) begin with teaching basic skills such as sit, down, and come and they build on these skills as dogs move from one activity to the next. The result is a dog that any owner can be proud to take into the community.

The AKC Family Dog Program consists of:



AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
AKC Community Canine
AKC Trick Dog
CGC-Ready (for dogs trained by shelters, rescue, etc.)
AKC Therapy Dog
ATT Program
Virtual Home Manners
AKC Fetch Program

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Approved Evaluators implement all of the above areas of the AKC Family Dog Program, except in the case of AKC Therapy Dog, in which training is provided by therapy dog organizations.

AKC’s Family Dog Program is proud to offer a rich selection of choices that provide fun activities for all dogs and their people.