Good Citizen - The Basics
This class stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.
Good Citizen Prep Class for Canines and Humans
This class stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. Teaching dogs to respect people as people and people to respect dogs as dogs. In class you and your dog will practice the skills needed to be a Good Citizen - a happy, well-mannered dog. You will practice in class once a week and and outside of class daily.
Experience a gratifying transformation in your dog's overall behavior, and... yours as well! Help your dog navigate and feel confident in our human world. As with any skill, daily practice and repetition are required for best results…and genuine pride in a job well done.
Watch what happens in a CGC test!
To qualify for SmartyPup! Good Citizen class, your dog must have completed either a SmartyPup! Puppy 2 class or the equivalent, be friendly towards people and other dogs, and be least 6 months old. Exceptions are certainly made (except for the people and dog friendly part) . . . give us a howl.
What the class covers
Accepting a friendly stranger
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.
Sitting Politely for Petting
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
Appearance and Grooming
The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).
Walking Through a Crowd
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).
Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.
Coming When Called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).
Reaction to Another Dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.
Reaction to Distraction
The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's alright").
Classes: 6 weekly sessions; 55 min.
- Cost: $300
- Trainers: Tammy M.
1 trainer and assistant.
- Includes: Support documents
- Requirements: Pup 2 Grads. Your dog must have completed either a SmartyPup! Puppy 2 class or the equivalent, be friendly towards people and other dogs. 6 months old and up.
- Due to Recent Outbreak of Canine Influenza in the Bay Area:
All dogs are REQUIRED to have received at least the 1st Canine Flu vaccine before the first day of class. Please consult your veterinarian.