Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN PROGRAM
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is a nationally recognised certification
program that tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere. It
identifies and rewards dogs that have the training and demeanour to be reliable
family members as well as good-standing community members. It is open to all
purebred and crossbred dogs. In addition to NZ, the program and qualifications are
recognised in other countries, including USA, where the program originated.
The CGC tests are conducted through four grades: Foundation, Bronze, Silver and
Gold. The purpose of the tests are to ensure that our favourite companion, the dog,
can be a respected member of the community, because it is trained and conditioned
to act with good manners in the home, in public, and in the presence of other dogs
CGC training is useful. Through it, you and your dog will establish a closer bond and
your dog will have the added benefit of knowing how to please you. The test of your
dog’s manners and training is not a competition and does NOT require that you and
your dog perform with precision.
The tests cover the following areas, with different exercises and/or standards at each
• Appearance and grooming
• Food manners
• Accepting friendly strangers
• Walking in a controlled manner with distractions
• Staying tied
• Control around other dogs
To obtain CGC Certificates, dogs must pass all tests set in each grade before
attempting the next level up. Dogs entering for tests will be registered onto a CGC
Any dog over the age of 12 months may undertake the tests. Membership of Dogs NZ
is not required, although dogs registered with Dogs NZ can have their CGC
qualifications included in their registration details. Membership of a Dogs NZ member
club is not required to undertake the tests.
The aim of Taupō Dog Training Club is that dogs successfully completing Level 2 class
will be at a stage where they are ready to undertake training for CGC Foundation.
Subject to demand, classes for each grade of CGC will be conducted in Session 2. If
you are interested in entering the program, please register for CGC Foundation on
the club’s website. Those who have already achieved CGC certificates, please
indicate what level training you wish to enter in your registration.
If you would like information on the CGC Program please contact Gary Houghton on