AKC CGC & Urban CGC Titles
Why should I take the test?
The CGC, and Urban CGC is an entry level test that shows you have overall control of your dog. It is the pre-requisite to many other tests or titles if you wish to continue in that direction. It is also good to have in case of housing or insurance situations that need documentation of a well mannered dog.
Does my dog need to be registered with AKC?
No. The only instance you would need a registration is if you would like their AKC registered name to have a "CGC" at the end.
EXAMPLE: Kobe Von MSK9 CGC CGCU
If I pass the CGC or urban CGC test, can I bring my dog into businesses as my ESA dog?
No. The only dog allowed into businesses are service dogs that provide a task for their one handler.
Am I allowed to have treats on me or my training collars?
Treats and toys are not allowed during the CGC or Urban CGC test, but you are allowed to verbally praise as much as you would like. Training collars are not allowed to be used during the test.
How is the test scored?
The test is a pass or fail. Aside from not completing the test items, a dog can fail if they jump on people, potty inside, show aggression, or show extreme anxiety/fear.
Are there any pre-requisites?
There are no requirements for the CGC test however, you will need to have passed the CGC before testing the Urban CGC. Your CGC test can be from any evaluator. We typically hold a 5 week group class for the Urban CGC, where at the end of the 5 weeks you have the option of testing. Keep your eye out for the next class!
CGC Test Items
1. Accepting a friendly stranger-
With your dog next to you, the evaluator will approach you and your dog and exchange a "how are you" and a handshake. Your dog must not jump on the evaluator, show fear, or aggression. This is to show your dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach you in an everyday situation.
2. Sitting politely for petting
3. Appearance and Grooming
With your dog next to you, the evaluator will approach your dog and check that your dog is well groomed and a healthy weight. The evaluator will then lift an ear, lift a paw, and brush your dog softly with a comb. This is to show your dog will allow other people to groom, or examine when necessary.
4. Out for a walk
5. Walking through a crowd
6. Sit and down on command and stay in place
After replacing your leash with a 20ft long line and wit your dog next to you, the evaluator will ask you to put your dog in a sit and down. The evaluator will then ask you to walk to the end of your 20ft leash, turn and face your dog, and return to your dog at a normal pace. The dog must stay in the same position as when you left it until the evaluator says "exercise finished".
7.Coming when called
The evaluator will ask you to walk 10ft away from your dog, turn and face your dog. The evaluator will then ask you to call your dog. You may talk to your dog to encourage him/her to come to you.
8. Reaction to another dog
9. Reaction to distraction
10. Supervised Separation
The evaluator or helper will take your leash as you walk away from your dog to a designated out of sight area. Your dog does not have to hold any particular position but should not show signs of aggression, continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily. If your dog knows a climb or place command MSK9 will allow a climb stay during supervised separation.
Urban CGC Test Items
1. Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings
With your dog next to you on a loose leash, you will walk your dog through an entrance and exit of a dog friendly building. Prepare for different entryway doors as some businesses have a push/pull door and some have sliding doors.
2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
3. Appropriate reaction to city distractions.
4. Crossing street
5. Ignore food on sidewalk
6. Person walks up and pets the dog
7. Public Building (that is dog friendly).
8. Stairs, steps, or elevator under control
9. Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living
Car. Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)