NCTD requires that dogs have their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate before beginning NCTD training. The CGC program is maintained by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. It stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. Dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
You can learn more about the test and the entire CGC program by visiting the AKC website.
Passing the CGC test is required prior to enrolling in the NCTD Therapy Dog Training Class because it is a basic test of obedience and temperament. It shows that you are ready for therapy dog training because you have proven you and your dog have a good foundation of obedience work and your dog has a good personality/temperament.
Some obedience schools offer the CGC test as part of their classes or maybe even have a separate class for it. Ask your trainer if they offer the course. (If they don’t, perhaps they can recommend another class or evaluator in your area.) If you believe your dog already has the skills to pass the 10-step test, you may only need to find a qualified CGC evaluator to perform the test. Check out the AKC website to find a CGC class or evaluator near you.
However experience has shown that there may be classes or evaluators in NCTD’s service area that do not appear on the AKC site. The list below is not all-inclusive but contains recommendations from NCTD members who had a positive experience with CGC issues at that facility. NCTD is not affiliated with, and does not officially endorse, any of these facilities.
If you have a suggestion to add to this list, please email the System Administrator.
Local facilities offering CGC training and/or evaluation:
Petco - Services may vary by store. Call your local store to inquire.
Polite Pooches - Harford County MD
Your Dog’s Friend - Rockville MD
Wigglebutts Dog Training - Gaithersburg MD
Capital Dog Training Club of Washington DCC - Silver Spring, MD
Catoctin Kennel Club - Point of Rocks MD
Humane Rescue Alliance - Washington DC
Peterson’s Positive Pups - Dover DE
If you cannot find a CGC evaluator in your area but are confident that your dog can pass the test, please let us know. In some cases, we may be able to schedule a CGC evaluation for you on one of our scheduled evaluation days. These evaluations must be scheduled in advance.