Canine Middle School

Canine Middle School


Dogs 1 year & older

The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community and stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the official 10-step CGC test recieve a certificate from the American Kennel Club and an official CGC title for their dog.

This 6-module training course is designed to guide you through the fundamentals necessary to prepare you and your dog for AKC® CGC testing. Open to dogs of all ages, breeds, and mixes. You do not need to take these classes in order and can take any class by itself to brush up on skill in specific areas. You also do not need to take all of these classes to sign up to take the test.

Goals
This training module is "Socialization with Strangers". 
1. Your dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach him/her and this person will speak to you in a natural, everyday situation.
2. Your dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet him/her while out with you.
3. Your dog will permit someone to check his/her ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

Pricing
All classes are $25 each or $125 for unlimited classes including repeats and refreshers for 4 months (CGC Classes listed below). Testing fees are $30 per pet (or $20 if you have purchased the unlimited classes package).

All Available AKC Training Modules:
   ▫️Socialization with Strangers
   ▫️Leash Walking
   ▫️Sit, Down, and Stay
   ▫️Come!
   ▫️Other Dogs and Distractions
   ▫️Separation Anxiety

Vaccinations
Dogs must be current on the following vaccinations (bring proof):
   ▫️DAPP
   ▫️Bordetella
   ▫️Rabies

One dog per person. If you have multiple dogs, each person/handler must sign up separately.

Please visit Meetup for class schedules or to sign-up




AKC® Dog Training Module: Socializing with Strangers

AKC® Dog Training Module: Socializing with Strangers

The training goals of this module are:
  1. You dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach him/her and this person will speak to you in a natural, everyday situation.
  2. Your dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet him/her while out with you.
  3. Your dog will permit someone to check his/her ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
AKC® Dog Training Module: Leash Walking

AKC® Dog Training Module: Leash Walking

The training goals of this module are:
  1. Your dog will walk on a loose lead (with you) without pulling.
  2. You are you dog will walk around and pass close to several people (at least 3), demonstrating that your dog can move about politely in pedrestrian traffic and is under control in public places.
AKC® Dog Training Module: Sit, Down, and Stay

AKC® Dog Training Module: Sit, Down, and Stay

The training goals of this module are:
  1. Your dog must be able to do sit AND down on command,
  2. Then, you choose the position (either sit or down) and leave your dog in the stay position until released.
AKC® Dog Training Module: Come!

AKC® Dog Training Module: Come!

The training goals of this module are:
  1. Your dog will come to you when called (from 10 feet on a leash). 
AKC® Dog Training Module: Separation Anxiety

AKC® Dog Training Module: Separation Anxiety

The goals of this training module are:
  1. This test demonstrates that your dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain control and good manners. The trusted person will say something like, Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of you dog's leash.
  2. You will go out of sight for three minutes. Your dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pase unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness.
  3. The trusted person may talk to your dog but will not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g. "there, there, it's alright").
AKC® Dog Training Module: Other Dog and Distractions

AKC® Dog Training Module: Other Dog and Distractions

The training goals of this module are:
  1. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands, and exchange pleasantries, demonstrating that your dog can behave politely around other dogs.
  2. Your dog will be presented with two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc. and is expected to remain calm and under control.