Can your dog pass the AKC’s
Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC Test)?

The American Kennel Club has created an official Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test for dogs to demonstrate that they are well-behaved companions at home and in the community.  The Pooch Coach is an AKC certified CGC evaluator.

Click here for more details on the AKC CGC program


The basics steps of the test are:

Item 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
Item 2: Sitting politely for petting
Item 3: Appearance and grooming
Item 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
Item 5: Walking through a crowd

Item 6: Sit and down on command
Item 7: Coming when called
Item 8: Reaction to another dog
Item 9: Reaction to distraction
Item 10: Supervised separation

Click here for more details on each of these items.

Beverly Ulbrich, the owner and founder of The Pooch Coach, is an AKC certified evaluator and can test your dog for CGC compliance.

The Pooch Coach performing the CGC test.

Why do it?

Canine Good Citizen TestEarning the CGC award will ensure that your dog is a well-respected member of your community. The Canine Good Citizen award is one of the first AKC certificates your dog can own and CGC provides an excellent foundation for all other training.


Some therapy dog groups require the CGC as a prerequisite for therapy work, there are CGC neighborhoods and hiking trails, and a number of state legislatures have endorsed the CGC concept. Providing a CGC certificate to prospective landlords has helped many people obtain living space with their dogs.


Canine Good Citizen Training is fun and useful. You’ll find that training for the CGC award will help you establish a closer bond with your dog.

Need some help with training before you can pass the test?

Beverly is an experienced and highly recommended trainer who can help you if you’re just starting out with a new puppy, or need help with some poor habits of an older friend.


She specializes in private, personalized training and behavior problem solving. Along with preparing you to pass the CGC test, she can help you with basic commands through advanced obedience training; puppy & house training; behavior problems; aggression issues; and off-leash training.

Call or email now to set up

a consultation or to arrange a test


Contact us for help today!


(415) 643-3333

iacpThe Pooch Coach is an AKC CGC Test certified evaluator