Test Items

Below is a list of the manners that are evaluated during the Canine Good Citizen Test. We have also included what needs to be done to pass each item. There are 10 tasks that must be completed in order to pass the CGC Evaluation.

Accepting a Friendly Stranger


Stranger (Evaluator) approaches the handler and shakes their hand. Does not touch the dog. The dog cannot growl or show signs of aggression. Dog cannot jump up or approach the "stranger".


Sitting Politely for Petting


Evaluator pets the dog. The dog cannot show any signs of shyness or resentment. Dog also must control himself and refrain from jumping up or licking.

Appearance and Grooming


Evaluator inspects dog, combs or brushes lightly, examines ears and each front foot. Dog must allow the inspection without pulling away or showing signs of aggression.

Out for a Walk


The handler takes the dog for a short walk that includes a right turn, left turn, about turn, and a stop. Dog must not trip handler and stay focused on them.

Walking Through a Crowd


Dog and handler walk close to several people. The dog may show a casual interest but cannot jump up.

Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place


Handler shows that the dog can do a sit and a down. Handler then chooses a position, leaves dog, walks 20 feet away, and returns immediately. The dog must stay where the handler left him

C

oming When Called


The dog walks out 10ft and calls the dog. Dog must go to the handler


Reaction to Another Dog


Two handlers with dogs approach, shake hands, exchange pleasantries, then move on. The dogs can show casual interest


Reaction to Distractions


Distractions are presented. Dog may not panic or show signs of aggression


Supervised Separation


Handler goes out of sight for 3 minutes.Dog is held on a 6ft leash by an evaluator. Dog may not panic or show signs of aggresion