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Old 07-09-2014, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CGC - An Obedience Test for Assistance Dogs?

The CGC (AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program) is not a basic test for obedience. I hear this so many times on various sites, forums and groups.

The CGC is a first level evaluation to show that a pet dog is safe and has the proper manners to be taken out into the community. It is an evaluation that is also used by other programs as an entry level step. It is also highly recommended that any OTs try to make arrangements to take this test as part of their training criteria and also a valuable piece of paper to keep with their training logs.

When I have a group to give CGC evaluations to I open with an explanation of what the CGC is. Even those who have taken this test with others with past dogs sometimes are confused on this point.

From the AKC, " ... basic good manners for dogs. "

AKC's Canine Good CitizenŽ (CGC) Program
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