All dogs can be good dogs, and all owners can be great owners, it just takes a little bit of training, lots of love, and of course, plenty of praise along the way.

That’s why the AKC Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) program was created: an expert-made training program designed to help you and your dog be the best good citizens you can be – together.

Canine Good Citizen teaches the practice of using good manners to dogs and their owners with a series of inter-related skills:

  1. Accepting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting politely for petting
  3. Appearance and grooming
  4. Out for a walk
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. Sit and down on cue
  7. Coming when called
  8. Reaction to another dog
  9. Reaction to distractions
  10. Supervised separation

Learn more about Canine Good Citizen