CGC Benefits

There are many benefits to having trained your dog well and passing t he CGC test. Below are just a few of the most popular reasons.

Use the CGC test to your advantage against breed discrimination laws.

Unfortunately, more and more cities are passing laws that ban certain breeds. If you own one of these breeds of dogs that are unfairly labeled as dangerous, but your dog has passed the CGC test, you will have a better chance at proving your dog is harmless to others.

Some apartments only allow dogs that have a CGC certificate.

Certain apartment complexes, parks and other public places will only allow dogs that have proof of passing the CGC test. If you own a larger breed like a dane or rottweiler, showing proof of CGC completion gives you a better chance of getting into an apartment.

It's a good test to see where you are at with training.

Who cares if you fail the test. I used the test as a way to see where my dog needs more practice. Exposing your dog to new environments and testing her skills as well as yours will only benefit you both. You can always retake the test.

The CGC test gives you a goal to work toward.

It's easier for me to train my dog when I have a specific goal in mind. I work better with a deadline. The same is true with dog training. Sign up to take the CGC test a month or two from now, and then practice with your dog until that date.

The Canine Good Citizen test is often one of the first steps to becoming a therapy dog.

The CGC test is used by Therapy Dogs International in its assessment of potential therapy dogs. The test is often a prerequisite for more advanced therapy dog training. 

Visiting new places will not be such a big deal to your dog

A good way to prepare for the CGC test is to walk your dog in several new places, exposing her to many new situations. My dogs still responds much better to commands at home than anywhere else, but working with them in new environments really helps. Ben has also lost a lot of his fear of crowds having him away from the shop.

The Canine Good Citizen test is a good preparation for more advanced training.

Once your dog has completed the CGC test, you will have a good base to start obedience competitions or any advanced activity.

Save money on Home Owner's and Renter's insurance

More and more insurance companies are seeing the benefits of a well trained dog and are giving discounts to people that can prove their dog is well behaved. They consider the CGC test the standard for manners.

Set a good example for other dog owners.

I hope that people notice how Ben responds to me and will be encouraged to dedicate more time to training their own dogs. It's a good way to encourage kids to get involved with training.

Your dog will become more socialized