Canine Good Citizen classes

What are Canine Good Citizen classes?

In Canine Good Citizen classes, the handler learns how to teach his dog to sit, stay, come, and heel because these are the things that make a dog a good citizen. The instructor will show the handler how to teach his dog to do what he is told to do using praise as a reinforcing tool. More information can be found on the American Kennel Club website at Canine Good Citizen.

Calcasieu Kennel Club CGC Classes

Where & When: CGC classes are taught in the spring and the fall and are for six weeks for one hour each week on Wednesday evenings. The fall 2023 classes will be held Wednesdays, September 6th – October 11th, from  6-7 o’clock in the northeast parking lot at the Burton Complex. The class is limited to 20 dogs.

Registering for classes: The dog should be at least 6 months old for the classes, but some exceptions are mad e. No dog is too old to learn! The handler should complete the application and  send it to the club’s post office box along with a check or money order for $50. That $50 covers the total fee for the classes and the cost of the CGC test given on the seventh Wednesday which will be October 18, 2023. This cover letter summarizes the information you may want to keep.

CGC Test: The Calcasieu Kennel Club offers the CGC test twice a year after the CGC classes but is available to test at other times. The test consists of 10 exercises all of which the dog must pass to be deemed a Canine Good Citizen by AKC. The fee is $10 if you are not already enrolled in the classes preceding the test. The date for the spring 2023 test is Wednesday, October 18th  from 5-7 o’clock in the parking lot in front of the outdoor arena at the Burton Complex.    Please note that class attendees are not required to take the test.

Trick Dog Test: The Trick Dog testing will be included in the fee for the CGC classes. The testing will be offered from 5-7pm on Wednesday, October 25, a week after the CGC Test. If your dog passed the CGC  Test, he needs to complete 5 tricks (performing each one twice) out of a list of tricks provided by AKC to get his Novice Trick Dog title. If your dog did not pass the CGC Test, he will need to complete 10 tricks (performing each one twice) to earn the Novice Trick Dog title from AKC. Click on this link if you want to know more about the Trick Dog Test.

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