Demonstrate Responsible Canine Ownership & Well-Mannered Dogs

AKC Canine Good CitizenThe AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. Started in 1989, the AKC Canine Good Citizen program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. 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 are eligible to receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club and will be automatically recorded in the AKC's CGC Archive. Your dog's photo will also be added to our Canine Good Citizen Hall of Fame web page.

Our Canine Good Citizen training class is a six week program taught by an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and includes a practice certification test in the curriculum to help prepare you and your dog for the official evaluation. To demonstrate the requisite confidence and control to earn the CGC title, your dog will be taught to:

  • Accept a friendly stranger
  • Sit politely for petting
  • Appearance and ability to be groomed
  • Walk on a loose leash
  • Walk through a crowd politely
  • Come when called
  • React to another dog politely
  • React to distractions with confidence
  • Sit and down on command/staying in place
  • Demonstrate confidence when separated from owner for 3 minutes

Who Can Participate in This Program?

EVERY dog is welcome - pedigreed champions and the pooch next door! All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs, can participate in the CGC program. There is no age limit. We believe a dog can never be too old to become a good citizen.

Client Testimonials

"My husband and I adopted our dog, Piper, from a shelter in May of 2001. She was an active dog, and had been through a lot. We knew she needed training and enrolled her in the Fine Canine Obedience program. In the first 6 weeks of training, I saw a transformation. The calmness that came over her was amazing. Piper could do what we asked. She was less stressed, because she could now understand us. We were less stressed because we could understand her. Training became fun for her, and her eyes would light up when she got to class. I was (and still am) impressed with how well Monica understood our dog's behavior. She knew a solution for any situation Piper threw at us (she threw us quite a few interesting ones) and her ideas have always worked. We continued through the advanced obedience classes and Piper passed the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. We just adopted Duchess, another rescue and have enrolled her into The Fine Canine program. We are having a baby in September and we need the peace of mind that our dog is trained. To anyone I would recommend The Fine Canine's program. Their training is the best thing you can do for your dog."

- Val and Greg B. - Aurora, IL

Class Schedule

  • Tuesday January 17th, 2017
  • 8:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Elmhurst, IL

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