Here at BNAH, we appreciate the benefits of well-trained furry friends. Their veterinary visits go much smoother and they’re also great additions to our larger community. For this post, we’ve invited a guest blogger to give you some information on the Canine Good Citizen training program. Read on for the furry details.
For those who have never heard of Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training, it is a ten-point evaluation of how well-behaved a dog is, as defined by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The test itself is based on a comprehensive list of basic skills, deemed by the AKC to be indicative of a dog’s ability to conduct herself in society.
Unlike therapy and service dogs, canines who are CGC certified don’t necessarily receive any special treatment, but there are still benefits to be reaped once certification is complete. Whether your dog is inherently obedient, or slightly rambunctious, CGC training can be a transformative experience in not only her life, but yours as well; and here’s why:
For centuries, dogs have been considered man’s best friend, and for many reasons. They’re loyal, loving and easily bond with their owners. For those looking to strengthen the bond between man and beast, CGC training is a great opportunity to do so. It teaches worthwhile skills, allows for you to spend time together and brings you both closer as friends.
- Before the CGC process can even begin, owners are expected to sign the AKC’s Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, which is a written document that proves your commitment to your dog.
- CGC classes are available and typically meet once a week for six weeks, meaning you’ll be spending a lot of time with your dog. And if you’re not keen on the classes, you can teach your dog the 10 required skills on your own.
- Owners are required to be both present during the examination and leashed to their dog. This demonstrates your responsibility as a pet owner and your dog’s trust in you.
If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know that obedience can often be hard to come by. Dogs vary by breed; energy levels, attention spans and overall demeanor can be distinctly different, and at times, difficult to manage. But, by getting your dog CGC certified, you can curb problem behaviors and encourage better manners.
- CGC training essentially teaches dogs to have better manners at home and in public. It encourages your dog to stay by your side, heed your calls and treat other owners and dogs with respect.
- Once your dog is deemed a good citizen, insurance companies are more likely to insure him or her, and housing developments are more likely the house the animal while you live there.
- Having a more well-mannered dog quells the stress of leaving your dog home alone, walking her around town and even introducing her to guests. At the end of the day, less stressful dog parenting is invaluable.
At the very least, CGC certification is a first step in a great direction. When it comes to training your dog, the sky is the limit. Becoming certified is a hurdle that you and your dog will have to leap over, but once you’re on the other side, you’ll be able to further develop your skillset and become an ever stronger team than you were before.
- Fun activities such as rally, obedience and agility also require your dog to be CGC certified before enrolling.
- CGC certification allows your dog to enroll in the therapy and service industries, both of which can be lucrative fields for both of you.
- Companies specializing in search and rescue training look highly on dogs who have earned the right to be considered a good citizen.
As you can see, becoming CGC certified is ripe with advantages for both you and your dog. It isn’t the easiest feat to accomplish, but once you get through it, you’ll be able to walk a little taller and be proud of the bond between you and your dog.
Author Bio: Adam Holmes is a lifetime dog owner and outdoorsman. He spends as much time as he can in the wilderness with his dogs, and in his free time, writes for wireless dog fence provider, Havahart Wireless.