Canine Good Citizen Test – Gizmo Passes
We are excited to announce that our newest Italian Greyhound rescue, Gizmo, passed the Canine Good Citizen Test this week! His former family was moving and couldn’t take him with them so they placed him in a kill shelter in southern Illinois where we rescued him! What a cutie-pa-tootie! Gizmo came to us the Sunday before Thanksgiving and not even 1 month after his foster mom had him, he was trained to sit, stay, come and down. Those basic commands in conjunction with his friendly and relaxed disposition made him ready for the CGC test.
The Canine Good Citizen test covers 10 points that identifies friendly, polite, and well behaved dogs – canine good citizens. It is a pass or fail test – every dog must pass all 10 points to become a CGC dog. For purebreds they can add CGC to their title if passed – this is new as of January 1, 2013, a link to CGC as an AKC title is here. For all dogs that pass (purebred and otherwise), they have the ability See the list of testing points below and the link for additional details on the CGC test:
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
Test 3: Appearance and grooming (the dog must accept a stranger to check it’s ears, paws, and brush it)
Test 4: Out for a walk / walking on a loose lead (the dog must walk nicely on a leash)
Test 5: Walking through a crowd (the dog must walk nicely through a crowd)
Test 6: Sit and down on command and staying in place (staying in place when at 20 feet)
Test 7: Coming when called (from 10 feet)
Test 8: Reaction to another dog (the dog must not be overly friendly or show aggression upon introduction to another dog while walking)
Test 9: Reaction to distraction
Test 10: Supervised separation (the dog must be able to be left with a stranger for 3 min and not be needy or overly anxious)
To learn more about the Canine Good Citizen Test / CGC test you can look at the AKC site for a detailed list of requirements, dates and times for upcoming tests, and certified testers.