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The CGC is now an official title. Dogs who successfully completed the 10-step test can have the title "CGC" affixed to their name.
To make things even better, there's now an advanced degree as well: AKC Community Canine, or CGCA. In order to earn this title, the dog must have a CGC award or title, and have an AKC number. (All dogs can get an AKC number, it doesn't matter if it's a purebred or mixed.)
Both tests focus on a dog's social skills. Evaluators stage a series of ten common situations a dog and owner might encounter, and to pass, the dog must react in a calm and well-mannered way. For the CGC, the tests are simulations of real world skills, but the CGCA performs the test in a natural setting.
To pass the test, the dog must:
- Stand, sit, or lie down and wait while the owner is busy doing something else.
- Walk on a loose leash in a real-life situation.
- Walk on a loose leash, without pulling, through a crowd.
- Walk, without pulling, past distraction dogs.
- Sit and stay in a group of three other dogs and owners.
- Allow an approach and petting from a person carrying a backpack or other object.
- "Leave it" - be able to ignore food on command.
- Down or sit-stay from a distance.
- Recall in an environment with distractions.
- Sit or stand-stay while owner enters/exists a doorway or a narrow passage.
To read more about these degrees, visit akc.org!
~ Maria Sadowski ~