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 Let your mouse hover over “Owners” at the top of the screen and then click on “AKC 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 2018 classes will be held Wednesdays, September 12 – October 17 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 made. No dog is too old to learn! The handler should complete the applicationand 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. 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 tests 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 fall 2018 test is Wednesday, October 24 from 5-7 o’clock in the parking lot in front of the outdoor arena at the Burton Complex.

Trick Dog Test: For the first time, the Trick Dog test will be included in the fee for the CGC classes. The testing will be done during the six weeks of classes but may be completed during the CGC test.

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