▶ Purebred and Mixed Breed dogs

All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program.


▶ Purebred and Mixed Breed dogs

Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines.


▶ Responsible Dog Owners Pledge

Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.


▶ No Age Limit

There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen.


▶ Training Dogs to Pass a CGC

Some dogs who are entered in CGC tests will have completed CGC classes or basic obedience classes. Owners who have trained their dogs themselves may also have their dogs tested. Clubs and training programs in almost every city can provide CGC training to owners and dogs who need to learn a few more skills before taking the test.

Partners Dog Training will assist in training your dog to pass the CGC test.

However, the Instructor that trains your dog may NOT be the same as who conducts the Evaluation.


▶ Testing Puppies

Puppies who have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested, however, because we know that behavior and temperament can change over time, when puppies pass the CGC test, owners should have them re-tested as adults.


▶ Exceptions to Testing

There are a few exceptions relating to participation in a CGC test. If the CGC test is given at an AKC show, the age requirements for the show apply to CGC also. Further, when the CGC test is administered at an AKC show, the test may be restricted to only dogs entered in the show or to purebred dogs.