Owner Behaviors:

  • Maintains puppy’s health a) Shows proof puppy is in the care of a vet (exam, proof of vaccines, etc) b) puppy appears healthy and appropriately active for breed.
  • Owner receives CGC Responsible Dog Owners Pledge
  • Owner has an adequate daily play & exercise plan (verbally or written homework)
  • Owner & puppy attend at least six puppy classes (by the approved CGC Evaluator)
  • Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy
  • Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy (collar tag, microchip/tattoo)


Puppy Behaviors:

  • Free of aggression toward people during the class
  • Free of aggression toward other puppies in the class
  • Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice (no electronic collars)
  • Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending upon size)
  • Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy


Pre-Canine Good Citizen Behaviors:

  • Allows (in any position) petty by a person other than the owner
  • Grooming-allows owner handling and brief exam by owner (ears, feet)
  • Walks on a leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line 
  • Walks by other people (walks on leash past a person who is 5 feet away
  • Sits on command-owner may use a food lure
  • Down on command-owner may use a food lure
  • Comes to owner from 5 feet when name is called
  • Reaction to distractions-distractions are presented 15 feet away
  • Stays on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps away and returns)