Canine Good Citizen Questions
What are the
The class is based upon the
Sit / Stay and Down / Stay
Come When Called
Walk on a Loose Leash Without
Pulling and Around Distractions (other dogs,
people, noises, objects)
Accept a Friendly Stranger and
Sit Calmly for Petting
Stay with a Friendly Stranger
while the Handler is out of Sight (without
showing signs of separation anxiety)
Accept Handling and Distractions
Without Showing Shyness or Fear
In the process of teaching the
basics of these exercises, you will also learn hand
signals, dog "tricks", and positive reinforcement
techniques like targeting. We will also
provide help with problem behaviors.
What if I have
already taught my dog
to sit and to lay down?
That's great! Many people have begun to teach
these commands before they come to class.
However, most people taking the Canine Good Citizen
class say that their dog only sits for as long as
the dog wants to, and then it gets up.
In Canine Good Citizen class, we will teach your dog
to stay until you release it.
There are other dogs who can do all of the commands
at home, but not in the presence of other people and
other dogs. Sure, the dog can sit at
home in the quiet kitchen....but can he sit and stay
at the vet's office or the park? If this is
the case, you could consider taking the
Distraction Proofing class
if you dog knows the basics (including stay)
difference between the
Canine Good Citizen classes?
CGC class focuses on the
objectives of the
Canine Good Citizen test. It
is designed for the adolescent dog who has started
to have "selective hearing"...meaning the dog comes
when it wants to come, sits when it wants to sit.
This is a normal developmental characteristic of
adolescence -- essentially, the dog is now in his
"teens". This is why the minimum age for the
CGC class is 6 months. Most dogs don't reach
adolescence until 6 months, although it varies with
breed and by individual. The Puppy Class is
designed for the dog between 3 months and 6 months.
Generally puppies in this stage are still very
obedient because they are very dependent on their
owners -- just like small children are. During
this stage of development, it is critical that
puppies have socialization with other dogs so that
they learn to communicate in "dog language" with
other dogs. By the same token, it is important
that owners bond with puppies and that puppies learn
basic obedience during this time.
difference between the CGC
and Distraction Proofing classes?
class assumes that the dog really
doesn't know the commands "come", "sit", and "down"
very well. It is a perfect first class or a
next class after Puppy Kindergarten. The
Beginner class includes a Canine Good Citizen test
at the end, but is really focused on making sure the
dog really understands the basics.
Distraction Proofing class
assumes the dog will obey the commands "come",
"sit", and "down", but maybe not always in the
presence of distractions. It is a perfect
follow-up class to the CGC class and will
prepare the dog and handler to pass the Canine Good
Citizen test with flying colors.
If I have
two dogs, can I enroll them in the same
that two dogs from the same "pack" do much better if
enrolled in separate classes,
especially for the Beginner level class. The
goal of this class is to strengthen the relationship
of the handler and the dog. With the other
doggie "pack-mate" present, and in the presence of
other people and dogs, the two dogs are much more
likely to be focused on each other and pack
dynamics. You and your dog will get much more
out of the class if you enroll each dog in a
separate class where each dog will get 100% of your
attention...which is what you want back from your