How To Prepare Your Dog For Canine Good Citizen Certification

What are the different components of the Canine Good Citizen Test?

There are ten components:
1) Accepting a friendly stranger
2) Sitting politely for petting
3) Appearance and Grooming
4) Walking on a lose lead
5) Walking through a crowd
6) Sit and down on command and staying in place
7) Coming when called
8) Reaction to another dog
9) Reaction to distraction
10) Supervised separation.

I tell clients, who are practicing for this test, that it boils down to leash walking, a sit/stay, a down stay, coming when called and the dog being handled by more than one person. Those are the things to really focus on.

Most people get tripped up by the lose leash walking and surprisingly, supervised separation. Supervised separation means, that your dog is handed over to someone else, while you disappear for a few minutes. This can be tough for a dog. That’s why it’s important that your dog not just be handled by you or other family members, but occasionally by someone outside your home.

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