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HABAC - Canadian Canine Good Citizen Test (CCGCT)

U.S - AKC Version          Canada - CKC Version (Canine Good Neighbour)          Canada - HABAC Version

What is the CCGCT test?

The Canadian Canine Good Citizen Test (CCGCT) is an official test of the HABAC organization (Human Animal Bond Association of Canada) . It is a certification that acknowledges that a dog has good manners.
The certification program stresses responsible dog ownership and basic canine good manners in everyday life.

The CCGCT provides proof that a dog has the basic skills to become a good therapy dog.

What is the CCGCT test like?

The CCGCT test includes 10 items:

1. Accepting a friendly stranger.
2. Patiently sitting for petting.
3. Appearance and grooming.
4. Out for a walk.
5. Walking through a crowd.
6. Commands - sit, down, stay, come.
7. Praise / Interaction.
8. Reaction to passing dogs.
9. Distractions.
10. Supervised isolation.

.You can find detailed explanations for each test item on the HABAC Website.

How can I prepare for the test?

You can start training your dog for the CCGCT certification by yourself or with a professional trainer. Clicker training is a great method to use while training for the test. Using the resources on this webpage in conjunction with reading relevant books that can be found in the therapy dogs recommended books section is a great start.

Where can I take the test?

So far, the HABAC website doesn't have a list of events or test dates but they are planning to add those in the future. You can stay updated through their website

Want to be a test organizer?

Visit the Information for Organizers webpage to find out how.


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