AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)


This class meets for 7 weeks including the evaluation. Each class meeting is 55 minutes in length. At the end of 6 weeks there will be an evaluation free to all class participants. Successful completion of an evaluation is needed for CGC title.

It is recommended for dogs and handlers to have taken Beginning Family Dog Training or have similar prior training.  Many dogs in this class are over age 2 although younger dogs with focus can also join the class.  Treats may be used in class but NOT at the evaluation.  Training collars may NOT be used for the evaluation and so we recommend flat buckle collars during this class.

Our instructors use positive reinforcement training techniques. Canine Good Citizen is a certification program developed by the AKC that is designed to reward the owners of dogs who are well mannered both at home and in the community. BKC instructors will provide training and help you prepare for the 10 test items you and your dog must pass to get your AKC CGC certificate and title. These test items include:

Accepting a friendly stranger
Sitting politely for petting
Appearance and grooming
Walking on a loose lead
Walking through a crowd
Sitting and laying down on command including staying in place on command
Coming when called
Walking past a neutral dog
Reaction to a distraction
Supervised separation

More information: AKC Canine Good Citizen Program Download a CGC brochure, print the CGC Participants Guide or watch a video of an actual CGC test….. plus much more!

All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Program.

Contact: Lynda Nelson bkcpuppy@gmail.com


While we are currently unable to offer classes, we are taking registrations for classes to be held when we are able to re-open. 

If you register now, you will be placed on a list for the next available class session.  Of course, if your plans change, we will gladly refund your class fee.


$110 non-members; $55 members
$10.00 discount to non-members if registration form, vaccinations and payment is received at least 1 week before class start.  Use code EBD for paypal discount.
Additional $10.00 discount to non-members with a continuing class coupon code if continuing in the same class or another BKC class

CGC Evaluations

Please contact Lynda Nelson at bkcpuppy@gmail.com to register for the CGC Evaluation.
Testing Fee:
Free for any BKC CGC class participant
$10 fee for people who have not taken the CGC class through BKC
All CGC evaluations are open to the public

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