Unfortunately the doberman breed still suffers a bit of a public relations image problem. It’s getting better but we still have work to do. In an effort to promote well mannered dogs, the Canine Good Citizen Program was created. Passing the canine good citizen test shows your dog’s ability to be well mannered in various situations and your commitment to responsible dog ownership.
Having passed the canine good citizen requirements can have multiple benefits. Certification may be helpful in convincing owners of rental properties to allow your dog in apartments. The CGC test may also be used as a screening tool for therapy dogs or rescue centers. To find a canine good citizen test evaluator contact local dog trainers for the nearest classes. The American Kennel Club offers a list of American CGC evaluators.
Canine Good Citizen Requirements
Dogs performing the CGC test will need to successfully pass 10 activites. These are done in a public area with distractions. If the dog gets excited or disruptive it may lead to failing the test. Failing the canine good citizen test just means your dog needs more training and it can perform the test again in the future. Note that food rewards are not allowed during the test.
Test 1 – Accepting a friendly stranger. The dog owner shakes hands and talks naturally with a stranger. Does the dog accept an unfamiliar stranger? Does it jump or lunge at stranger?
Test 2 – Sitting while being petted. This judges the dogs shyness and defence of personal space. During training you may wish to use treats to teach your dog to remain calm and sitting while being petted.
Test 3 – Allowing grooming. This is essential for veterinarians and groomers to feel comfortable working on your dog. The dog will be brushed, ears checked and paws raised.
Test 4 – Loose leash walking. This test shows the handlers control of their dog. The dog should be attentive to the handler and not pull on the leash.
Test 5 – Walking through a crowd. The dog will politely pass by at least 3 people without becoming stressed.
Test 6- Sit/Down/Stay commands. The dog responds to commands while on a 20ft line.
Test 7 – Come command. From 10ft away dog is to obey the come command by it’s owner.
Test 8 – Passing other dogs. Two dog handlers approach each other while dogs remain politely by handler.
Test 9 – Visual and sound distractions. These may include a jogger, a person walking a stroller or a bike passing by. The dog should show confidence to surprises or unusual objects.
Test 10- Supervised separation. The dog will be left for 3 minutes with another person. He should not bark, whine or pace at your leaving.
In this video we get a glimpse at a wonderful pitbull taking the canine good citizen test. What do you think about the CGC test?