Canine Good Citizen Exam


The Canine Good Citizen test’s purpose is to ensure that dogs are respected members of their communities and are trained to act mannerly in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs. Dogs that pass the CGC test are deemed to be reliable family and community members and will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

The ten-step CGC certification tests the following:

  • Greets a friendly stranger.
  • Sits politely for petting.
  • Welcomes being groomed, brushed; allows paws and ears to be handled.
  • Walks as directed on a loose leash.
  • Moves politely through a crowd.
  • Sits, lies down and stays in place on command.
  • Comes when called.
  • Behaves politely around other dogs.
  • Reacts with confidence to distractions.
  • Can be left with a trusted person.

For a detailed description of the Canine Good Citizen program, please click to visit the American Kennel Club’s website.

Any dog is eligible to take the CGC test. All dogs are welcome to be tested at BaeBea’s Dog Training whether or not they have been through the CGC class at BaeBea’s Dog Training or other training programs. Pre-Registration is required. There is a $15 fee to take the test for dogs not currently enrolled at BaeBea’s Dog Training. The next scheduled exam is Wednesday, Dec. 30 and will be held at Wet Dog Wellness Center, 432 SE 91st Ave, Portland, OR