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Community Canine

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. In order to earn the official AKC Community Canine title, your dog must be registered or listed with AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partner number), have already received a Canine Good Citizen title, and pass all 10 Community Canine test items. All skills on the test are tested on leash in either a class, at a show, in a pet store, or in the community. While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, the "walks through a crowd" test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.

—  Community Canine —

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. In order to earn the official AKC Community Canine title, your dog must be registered or listed with AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partner number), have already received a Canine Good Citizen title, and pass all 10 Community Canine test items. All skills are tested on leash in either a class, at a show, in a pet store, or in the community. While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, the "walks through a crowd" test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.

We're currently gauging interest for a summer course; give us a call today! Your dog's enrollment is confirmed upon payment of the $75 tuition, and up to seven dogs can enroll per course. 

 

—  10 Test Items —

1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner sits at a registration table to fill out paperwork or has a snack or visits with another person (e.g., at a park).

2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring)–does not pull.

  • left turn
  • right turn
  • stop
  • fast and slow pace

3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd of people. 

4. Dog walks past other dogs and does not pull.
This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd. 

5. Sit–stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
Owners and dogs are in an informal circle while owners have a conversation. Dogs are all on the owner's left side and on leash.

6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.
"May I pet your dog?" (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)

7. "Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."
This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or ground in a food dish with a wire cover as in Rally.

8. Dog sits or downs when owner walks away.
Dog is on 20–ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog.

9. Dog comes when called with distractions present.
Handler goes out 20–ft. (off center) and calls dog to come. Dog is on the 20–ft. line from #8 above.

10. Dog sits or stand stays while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway and comes through when called.
Owner may also choose to:

  1. send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the owner, or
  2. have the dog go through the doorway at the owner's side.

Whichever method is used, the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. Think of the handler having the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.