Original article http://www.akc.org/press_center/article.cfm?article_id=5104
AKC Adds New Advanced Level Community Canine Title To Popular Canine Good Citizen Program
With the introduction of AKC Community Canine, the AKC's CGC program now provides a comprehensive three- level training program for you and your dog. Beginning with AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, progressing to Canine Good Citizen and now to AKC Community Canine, the CGC program trains dogs through all stages of life to be well behaved in society.
“AKC Community Canine expands on CGC skills and lays the beginning foundation for obedience, rally and therapy dog work,” Director of the Canine Good Citizen program Mary Burch, PhD, said. “While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s abilities in a natural setting. Rather than the test being administered in a ring, certain elements will involve the dog walking through a real crowd, whether at a dog show or on a busy sidewalk.”
As with CGC, AKC Community Canine requires a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title:
- Dog sits or lies down and waits under control
- Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) and does not pull
- Walks on a loose leash through a crowd
- Dog walks past distraction dogs present and does not pull
- Sit-stay in small group (3 other people with dogs)
- Dog allows person who is carrying something to approach and pet it
- Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, “Leave it”
- Down or sit stay-distance (owner’s choice)
- Recall (coming when called) with distractions present
- Dog will enter/exit a doorway or passageway with owner and remain under control
Instructors can learn more about the program and begin training their students on AKC Community Canine skills by visiting the AKC Community Canine page. AKC Community Canine testing will be administered by approved AKC CGC evaluators nationwide beginning in October.