Event Chairperson: Virginia Huxley
Date: Wednesday afternoon after Obedience is completed
Pre-registration: CLOSED – You can still register at the National
Cost: $10 if pre registered; $15 registration at the National
The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program recognizes dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC) and the Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) tests will be offered. At the CGC test, you’ll be asked to sign the Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge and then be tested on 10 elements. At the end of the test, the evaluator will provide you with the paperwork to send to AKC to request the CGC/CGCA certificate. Details of the exercises and the pledge can be found at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/cgc/GK9GC1.pdf for the CGC and http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-community-canine/test-items/ for the CGCA.
There is no age limit for entry. The dog should be on a flat, buckle or choke/chain collar with a leash that has a clasp (no pinch, prong, electric, head halter, harnesses, slip leads), and the owner should provide a grooming tool (comb or brush) for one of the exercises.
Springers with a CGC who would like to try for the next level, Canine Good Citizen Advance (CGCA), may do so but entries will be limited to 10 dogs so registration is required.
The AKC has introduced a set of “Trick Dog” titles; at the National we will test for the Novice and Intermediate levels. If your dog has passed the CGC they need only perform 5 tricks (2 times, with or without food reward) to earn the title. A Novice title can be earned without the CGC by performing 10 tricks. The Intermediate title requires 10 additional tricks in the absence of food rewards. Details of the program are found at at http://www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog/about-trick-dog/