We are approved to administer both the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and the American Dog Breeders Association Safe Dog Program Level I (behavior and training) and Level II (temperament evaluation) tests. Please contact us if interested in taking these tests. Both are taken in a public setting and/or dog event. More information on the programs below, directly from their websites:
AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program:
The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program, started in 1989, CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you'll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events.
AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program is one of the most rapidly growing programs in the American Kennel Club. There are many exciting applications of this wonderful, entry level that go beyond the testing and certifying of dogs.
Many other countries (including England, Australia, Japan, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and Finland) have developed CGC programs based on the AKC’s CGC Program. A CGC Neighborhood Model has been established, police and animal control agencies use CGC for dealing with dog problems in communities, some therapy dog groups use the CGC as a partial screening tool, and some 4-H groups around the country have been using the CGC as a beginning dog training program for children.
A number of specialty (one breed only) clubs give the CGC at their annual national dog show. Dog clubs have discovered that the CGC is an event that allows everyone to go home a winner. Veterinarians have recognized the benefits of well-trained dogs and there are some CGC programs in place in veterinary hospitals. State legislatures began recognizing the CGC program as a means of advocating responsible dog ownership and 34 states now have Canine Good Citizen resolutions.
In a little over one decade, the Canine Good Citizen Program has begun to have an extremely positive impact in many of our communities. This is a program that can help us assure that the dogs we love will always be welcomed and well-respected members of our communities.
For more information on the test please click on http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/
American Dog Breeders Association Safe Dog Program
As American Pit Bull Terrier Fanciers who assume the duty to safeguard and protect the breed, we encourage every dog placed by a breeder should be provided with information about the ADBA Safe Dog Program and the importance of early socialization and training. The expectation should be made that by the time that the dog is 18 months of age, that dog should obtain certification in the Safe Dog Program Level I. This not only certifies that the dog has received adequate socialization and basic obedience training but also the owner has received education regarding dog psychology and responsible ownership.
The Safe Dog Program is comprised of two levels. Basic Level I is a test of a dogs socialization and basic obedience training along with certification of the dog owners knowledge of basic canine psychology and the elements of responsible canine ownership. Advanced Level II consists of the first two elements stated above plus a temperament evaluation by a canine behaviorist or trainer. After successful completion of the testing, a dog can apply to the American Dog Breeders Association for the award of Safe Dog Certified Basic Level I (SDC) or Safe Dog Certified Advanced Level II. (SDC II)
*DOGS OF EVERY BREED AND MIXES, OF A YEAR AND OLDER CANE BE ENTERED*
For more information on the test please click on https://adbadog.com/safe-dog-program/