Advanced Manners/Canine Good Citizen (CGC)/Socialized Pet Obedience Test Class
This class is best for dogs who have graduated from either a Basic Manners Class or Puppy Kindergarten class. Dogs entering this class should know the basics of sit, down, controlled on-leash walking, and beginning stays.
Your dog will continue to improve its social skills around other dogs and people, it will improve its loose-leash walking, stays, recalls, crate and door manners. It will learn how to accept handling/grooming interactions and other life skills and pave the way to many types of future training.
At the completion of this class, the AKC Canine Good Citizen test or the UKC Socialized Pet Obedience Test (SPOT)) will be offered that can demonstrate these skills and can earn you and your dog a very nice certificate from AKC or UKC. Passing these tests may also help with getting homeowners insurance, getting acceptance by a landlord, and many other benefits. These tests are not required in order to graduate from this class).
If a class is full and no other class date or time meets your needs, please sign up on the wait list and you will be contacted if an opening becomes available.
What is the Canine Good Citizen Test? The Canine Good Citizen test is an evaluation established by the American Kennel Club.
It is an evaluation for both a dog and his or her owner. Owners must be able to handle their dog well, while the dog must behave in an appropriate manner as he or she is tested in a variety of circumstances and environments. Those who pass the Canine Good Citizen Test earn a certificate showing they passed. Some dogs may even continue training to become therapy dogs.
What is the SPOT Test? The United Kennel Club offers owners a chance to prove that their dog is a well-behaved asset to their community by completing a series of exercises that demonstrate these valuable and necessary skills. The SPOT program consists of 10 separate testing stations. These exercises are used to demonstrate that the dog is capable of exhibiting desired behaviors that the general public would expect to see in a well behaved dog. The dog will receive a rating at each station, varying from “Outstanding” to “Needs Practice”. Training for the SPOT test can begin as early as you would like to start training your dog.