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Canine Good Citizen Testing

The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog.

Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you’ll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events.

All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. 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.

AKC Community Canine is the third and most advanced level of the Canine Good Citizen Program. In AKC Community Canine, dogs can earn the CGCA (Advanced CGC) title. The goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the “walks through a crowd” test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, at a training club or in a local park. [from the AKC website]

NOTE: You will need an AKC number, or PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number for your dog in order to take the test!

Reactive Dog Workshop I (1/2 day)

Is your life too busy for regular training classes? Are you part of the Midnight Dogwalkers Club (where no one else can see you)? Not sure where to get started but desperate to get started? Well, then, this is the workshop for you! We will work on what owners need to know in order to succeed and teach dogs what they need to know in order to cool it. Thus, this is ideal for dogs with arousal issues, hypervigilance, motion sensitivity and general impulse control issues including a history of snapping, lunging, basically just freaking out. Ideal for owners that are committed to their dogs and are looking for some efficient ways to help their dog reach the goals of walking nicely in a neighborhood, seeing other critters and not losing their mind, and more.
The first part of the day will be lecture and discussion about body language, your own experiences and we might toss in some science to help you understand how the reactive canine brain works. Next, it’s time for hands-on work! Most importantly, you will learn several exercises that are key for getting your reactive dog to behave better. Registration will be for auditors and handler/dog teams. All working dogs in seminar must have a crate and be comfortable in it.

LOCATION: Exercise Finished Dog Training Center in Chicopee, MA

DATE: May 6, 2017 1-5pm


Registration limited to 20 (8 working slots).
Tuition: $25 for auditors; $75 for handlers working dogs
Application approved for IAABC and CPDT CEUs

Reactive Dog Workshop II (1 day)

You did your homework. It’s working and you want to know what the next step is? So, this is the seminar for you. With our learning and background material behind us, we dedicate the whole day to working dogs and their handlers. An absolute paradise for those of you that are ready for this. A whole day dedicated to what you want to work on the most. Full on hands-on work, discussion, feedback, and progress.

Registration limited to 20 (8 working slots).
Prerequisites: Reactive Dog I
Tuition: $25 for auditors; $75 for handlers working dogs