CGC Urban Program
This image is from "akc.org" and is used to promote their organization.
Return to SERVICES page for other services



CGC Award on dog

  AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting.

  As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title.

  The cost of the program is $75.00 and includes testing fees - *1.

  This title will appear on your dog’s title record at AKC. It has not been determined if there is medal presented.
This image is from akc.org used to promote their organization.

Age Requirements for Dogs
There is no age limit for dogs taking the AKC Urban CGC test.   However, before taking the test, dogs must have a Canine Good Citizen test (either a certificate or title) on record at AKC.

Collar, Leashes and Equipment
All tests must be performed on leash. Dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars (including martingales) or body harnesses.
Body harnesses should not restrict the movement of the dog. Special training equipment such as pinch collars and head collars are NOT permitted.
The leash should be made of either leather or fabric.
Retractable leashes may NOT be used in the test.
We recognize that special training collars may be valuable equipment in the beginning stages of dog training, however, we feel that dogs are ready to be tested after they have been transitioned to a slip or buckle collar.
If an evaluator is teaching classes and does not feel comfortable with one of the permitted collars, students may be required to take the test in the type of collar used in class (as long as it is permitted by AKC for testing). If the test is advertised for the general public, all of the permitted collar types should be allowed in the test.

Fees
Test-giving organizations and individual evaluators may charge a fee for conducting an AKC Urban CGC test.
Fees are used to cover the costs of test kits, mailing, copying, and advertising related to the test.
Private trainers sometimes charge a fee for a testing session that is commensurate with their hourly rate of service.
There is a separate $20.00 processing fee that the dog owner will pay to the AKC for the AKC Community Canine title.

Food
Handlers are not permitted to use food as a reward during the AKC Community Canine Test.
While we recognize that food is an effective reinforcer during training, it should not be used in the test.
As with CGC, the purpose of the AKC Urban CGC test is to determine if the dog relates to the owner and if it can be controlled without food during the short duration of the test.


Dogs must pass all 10 items of the test to receive the CGCA/Urban title.

1. Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings.
Exit building to start test, additional Public buildings items are below.

2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
* People come toward the dog from 1-ft. away
* Tolerate distractions (people wearing hats, coats, men, women, etc).

3. Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces. Examples:
* Noises: horns, sirens, construction noise, etc.
* Moving objects: skateboard, bike, carts, person running
* Surfaces: concrete, grass, grates, plastic tarp, wet sidewalk

4. Crossing street:
* Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner).
* Crosses street under control.

5. Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).

6. Person walks up and pets the dog.
* May be carrying an item such as a small dog in a bag, a computer bag, etc.
* Person does NOT put the bag down to pet the dog.

7. Public Building (that is dog friendly).
* Walks under control in building (slick surface, carpeted floor).
* Down stay (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area, or waits while owner has a meal or snack.

8. Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.
* Steps (at least 3 - up and down)
* Elevator (Enters under control, exits, rides under control)

9. Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living.
* Owner may verify this item.
* Evaluator may also observe in public buildings, or have observed in training classes.

10. Transportation.
Owner’s choice depending on transportation needs.
* Car - Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)
* Subway - Small dog in bag for ride.
   (NOTE: Large dogs are not always permitted; know and abide by the Transit Policies in your area).
* Dog is friendly - (enters/exits or allows to be put in/taken out) while under control.


*1 - There is a limit of 8 training sessions, though I may choose to go beyond that. Clients are expected to apply techniques that they have learned on a daily basis.

Return to SERVICES page for other services