Notice: DOTC will be offering CGC and CGCA tests on a date to be determined...
We will take 10 dog/handler teams. The cost is $20/dog tested, members and non-members.
To sign up or for more info, contact Gail Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or see her between classes at dog school on Wednesday evenings.
DOTC offers the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, hereafter referred
to as CGC, to all its members and their dogs, pure or mixed
breed. The CGC program is designed to teach responsible dog
ownership and to certify dogs that have the training and
reliability to be well behaved and well adjusted members of
their families and communities.
Waiting for the parade
of new Canine Good Citizens to go by.
The CGC test is
acknowledged and utilized by numerous police and animal control
agencies. Various therapy and service organizations rely on the CGC as a screening tool for participants and 17 states have
passed Canine Good Citizen resolutions. To date a similar
program has been started in at least 8 other countries. A CGC
certificate is a prerequisite in many places for dogs to be
allowed to live in apartments and condos, and many vacation
rentals are using it to measure the acceptance of the family
dog. The test is non-competitive and consists of 10 exercises
done on lead in which the handler is encouraged to talk to their
dog. The dog can wear either a buckle or slip collar.
Head halters or prong collars are not permitted. The handler is
not to use food or harsh corrections during the test but is
reminded to praise and communicate with their dogs. A dog that
shows any sign of aggression such as growling, snapping or
biting is not a good citizen and will be dismissed.
The dog and
handler who can pass the test have confidence in themselves and
each other that they can handle what comes along in life whether
it be the vets office - or a couple of loose dogs heading in
their direction - or a bike cutting in front of them - or the dog
having to stay and wait while the handler goes in a store for a
few minutes. They are a team that not only works well together
but also visibly enjoys each otherís company. They are a
pleasure to have around. We at DOTC salute any and all Canine
Good Citizen Teams. We know how much time and effort went in to
getting where you are. You have set a great example. Keep up the
view the AKC - CGC Test Procedures,