AKC Canine Good Citizen  and   S.T.A.R. Puppy Come to Good dog!

AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program started in 1989 and is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.
This two-part program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.

All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events.

Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? [AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program]
All dogs, both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program.

Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines.

Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.

There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen.

Puppies who have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested, however, because we know that behavior and temperament can change over time, when puppies pass the CGC test, owners should have them re-tested as adults.

Good dog! also offers training classes and testing for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, and CGC. You will be able to earn official AKC titles in Canine Good Citizen (the "CGC" title)  from beginning puppy training all the way to adult.  Classes are taught in conjuction with AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, and CGC Instructor Cherish Danforth of/at Graced Kennels.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program-The First Step in Training

You and your puppy attend a class at least 6 weeks long to earn the STAR certificate and gold medal. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible dog ownership.

Beginning Canine Basics=CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs

The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.

Additional Classes and Training Packages:

Ready Rover-Puppy PreK/K                    4 weeks Once/week     Total $55
The first 6 months of a puppy’s life is a critical window of his/her development. The puppy’s exposure to a variety of safe and nurturing activities and people can help your dog become the puppy you want him/her to be for the rest of his/her life. This is a crucial stage for providing leadership for your pup while building a lasting bond. Ready Rover PreK/K provides your puppy with a safe and organized means of socializing with other puppies. (All puppies must be up-to-date on vaccinations and disease/parasite free. Classes will be conducted on cleaned and disinfected indoor areas.)  Socialization is encouraged through play with people, other puppies and a variety of supervised toys and activities. Class will also cover basics for establishing a good foundation for your puppy’s successful integration into your home: socialization, good manners, housebreaking, greetings, feeding, ear and teeth care and grooming.

Pint-sized Pups!           6 weeks long      Once/week               Total $115
This basic obedience class is tailored to meet the needs of owners of small dogs (toy breeds, etc.) size 20 lbs. and under. Owners and dogs will learn basic obedience cues such as sit, down, off, wait and focus. Specific attention will be given to the skills of loose-leash walking, close, and come. There is an added concentration of socialization with other dogs and other people. Class will also cover basic issues that many owners of small dogs encounter such as excessive barking, mild separation anxiety, begging, biting, possessiveness, exhibition of mild fear and anxiety.*(Please note that moderate to severe cases of any of these issues may better be addressed through in-home consultation and problem-solving.)

Doggie Basics               6 weeks long                Once/week      Total $115
This is a basic obedience class for the novice dog owner or owner of a new dog. Owners will learn fundamentals of how dogs learn and communicate. Dogs and humans will learn simple cues that will help make your lives together much more fun and safe (focus, watch, sit, down, wait, stay, come, and leave it). Dogs and humans will practice skills of loose leash walking with a focus on the cue close. Special attention will be given to issues of crate training, housebreaking, greetings, preventing destruction and time management.

Intermediate Dog Obedience         6 weeks     Once/week     Total $125
This class is one level up from Doggie Basics. Many of the same cues are taught and reinforced with the focus being on increase in duration, distance, and distractions to make cues and skills more challenging. Dog and human will learn more complex repertoire of skills (sit-down-stand; down in motion, etc.) along with cues such as trade, back, go place and let’s go.  Dogs begin to learn initial targeting skills, on-leash greetings and recall with a long lead.

Advanced Obedience   8 weeks     Once/week     Total $145
As in the Intermediate Obedience class, this class also raises the intensity of duration, distance, and distractions to make cues and skills more challenging. Dogs and humans continue to learn more complex repertoire of skills (sit-stand-to the front; sit-down-side, etc.) Dogs continue to practice targeting skills. Dogs and humans work on off-leash walking and recall along with fun tricks.

Dog-Gone Safe- Be a Tree Program      $15 per child ($5 discount for each child if multiple children in family enroll)
This is a 1 hour program that is designed to teach children ages 5–12 how to safe act around dogs.  Children will learn how dogs communicate and study the basic characteristics of safe and dangerous dogs. Children will role play and practice safe responses to scenarios involving dogs. They will examine photos and videos and discuss the body language of dogs and the messages that are being sent.  Children will play various games and activities that reinforce their understanding of the importance of safe interaction with our canine companions and strange dogs.  At least one parent or guardian must accompany the child. (No actual dogs are used in this training)

Practice with Pooches                    $25 per child ($5 discount for each child if multiple children in family enroll)
This is a 1.5 hour program that is designed to reinforce a child’s (age 5-12) understanding of safe interaction with familiar and unfamiliar dogs.  Children will review basics regarding how dogs communicate through body language: ear position, mouth posture, body language, tail carriage and subtle behaviors.  Characteristics of safe and dangerous dogs will be discussed as children view video clips.  Children will practice safe approaches and responses to model dogs.  At least one parent or guardian must accompany the child. (Actual dogs are used in this training)

In-Home Consultations (Individual & Family-focused)   $115 for up to 2 hour session
No dog (or owner) is perfect! Issues arise from time to time.  Sometimes individuals and families are too close to the situation to realize that a solution is possible!  An in-home consultation may be what is needed to help set both dog and owner(s) on their way to a successful coexistence.  Call to schedule a time for the dog trainer/behaviorist to make a visit. Consultations usually last one-and a half to two hours with the following conducted: Observation of normal household structure and procedures, discussion of issues; problem-solving and offering of suggestions for practical training techniques to address situations. Many times both dog and owner(s) require coaching and practice to begin implementation of training techniques, behavior and environmental management strategies. Those clients who decide to proceed with a package of sessions will receive a discount for signing up for sessions at time of consultation.

Private In-Home Dog Training/Coaching Sessions
In-home private sessions with specific lesson plans and homework to follow-up on behavior consultation.
3 sessions for $120 (Discounted price if purchased at time of consultation:  $100)
6 sessions for $200 (Discounted price if purchased at time of consultation: $180)
9 sessions for $360 (Discounted price if purchased at time of consultation:  $340)
12 sessions for $480 (Discounted price if purchased at time of consultation: $460)

Check-up/Check In Session    $35
This is a great thing to do after having participated in a series of 3-12 sessions. We can schedule a one-hour follow-up session to make sure your home training is going well and you and your pet are on target.