Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Prep

Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Prep

The Canine Good Citizen test is a ten-skill training program by the AKC that’s open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed– that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community.

After mastering the ten skills, passing the CGC test together, and taking the Responsible Dog Ownership pledge, you and your pup will join the proud ranks of over 1 million dogs who have earned their Canine Good Citizen award– accomplishment that’s definitely worthy of extra belly rubs!

CGC is not the same as a therapy dog program, but many therapy programs require the CGC award before accepting pups into their class. And those that don't require the title still require the same skills!

Not to be confused with service dogs, therapy dogs are used to help comfort those in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more. The most important thing about a therapy dog is his behavior: is he friendly with people and other dogs? Does he welcome attention from adults and children? Will he react if someone makes a loud noise? These are all skills your dog will need to be a CGC and/or a therapy dog! Our 6 week prep class will help you polish your dog's skills so you're ready to pass your certification.

Completion of Advanced Manners or instructor approval


$200 for a six-week class that meets for 50 minutes, once a week


We typically run the CGC/Therapy Prep class quarterly, which means there may not be a class available for registration when you and your dog are ready. If that's the case, let us know so we can put you on the waitlist! We can also work on your dog's CGC/Therapy skills in private lessons if you want to get started sooner.