Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

Dogs must have passed Basic or an Introductory Obedience Course to be eligible to take part in the course.

About Canine Good Citizen: Black Hawk Canine Good Citizen is a 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 of all ages with the only criteria being that the dog must be 12 months or older to complete an assessment day.

The purpose of the Black Hawk Canine Good Citizen™ Test is 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.

Black Hawk Canine Good Citizen™ training is fun and 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.

To obtain Black Hawk Canine Good Citizen™ Certificates, dogs must pass all tests set in each grade before attempting the next level.

There are 4 levels you can advance through:

  • CGC Foundation
  • CGC Bronze
  • CGC Silver
  • CGC Gold.

C.G.C. Syllabus

Canine Good Citizen – Foundation

1. Appearance, handling and responsibility.

  • Responsibility and care.
  • Public cleanliness and identification.
  • Examination of the dog by the handler.
  • Grooming and inspection of the dog by the Assessor.

2. Food manners

  • Person eating in front of dog.
  • Dog eating.

3. Accepting a friendly stranger.
4. Accepting being patted by a friendly stranger.
5. Walk on lead through a gate/door in a controlled manner.
6. Return to handler (recall).
7. Walk on lead (small heel on lead heel course).
8. Controlled walk through people and distractions.

  • Pedestrian traffic.
  • Distractions i.e. jogger, pram etc.

9. Staying tied on lead (handler in sight).
10. Meeting a stranger and their dog.
11. Supervised separation (dog with another person while handler out of  sight).
12. Playing with the dog i.e. proving dog does play or does not.

Canine Good Citizen – Bronze

13. Responsibility and care.
14. Food manners i.e. ability to take food bowl away from dog with no hassle.
15. Stay in one place (untied, handler in sight).
16. Stay tied on lead (handler out of sight).
18. Stationary vehicle control.

  • Into a vehicle.
  • Out of a vehicle.

19. Control at steps.
20. Walk on lead and reactions to distractions in a public area i.e. dog exercise area or supermarket carpark.

  • Walking.
  • Distractions.

Canine Good Citizen –Silver

21. Responsibility and care.
22. Examination of the dog by a stranger (handler at a distance).
23. Stay in a down position (untied, handler out of sight – 4 mins).
24. Return to handler (with distractions).
25. Stop the dog (handler walks away from dog at least 6m before stop occurs).
26. Advanced vehicle control.

  • Into a vehicle.
  • Traveling in vehicle whilst it is moving.
  • Out of a vehicle.

27. Staying still and returning to handler in public area i.e. supermarket carpark.
28. Calm and controlled behavior whilst in a busy public area.

  • Walking.
  • Staying in one area.
  • Accept being touched by a stranger.

Canine Good Citizen – Gold

29. Responsibility and Care.
30. Walk beside the hander without a lead.
31. Sending the dog to a known article and staying.
32. Parked vehicle control.

  • Into a vehicle and leaving dog.
  • Distractions outside vehicle whilst parked.
  • Out of a vehicle.33. Delivering dropped article to hand i.e. retrieve.
    34. Another person (other than handler) walking the dog in a public area with distractions.
  • Handing the dog over to the nominated person.
  • Person walking the dog in a public area.
  • Distractions whilst person is walking the dog in public area.

35. Stay in a down position (untied, handler out of sight) in a public area.
36. Stop the dog and recall in a public area.
37. Stay tied on lead (relaxed isolation) in a medium to busy public area.
38. Walking with distractions in a busy public area.

  • Walking.
  • Distractions.