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Canine Good Neighbour (CGN)

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What is the CGN test?

The Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) is an official test of the CKC. 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 CGN test provides proof that a dog has the basic skills to become a good therapy dog.

What is the CGN test like?

The CGN test includes 12 items:

1. Accepting a friendly stranger.
2. Politely accepts petting.
3. Appearance and grooming.
4. Out for a walk.
5. Walking through a crowd.
6. sit, down, and stay (long time) commands.
7. Coming when called.
8. Praise / Interaction.
9. Reaction to passing dog.
10. Reaction to distractions.
11. Supervised isolation.
12. Walking through a door / gate.

You can find detailed explanations for each test item here.

How can I prepare for the test?

You can start training your dog for the CGN 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?

Go the CKC CGN website to find the next testing date and location. Or look directly at the PDF list of CGN evaluators from the CKC Site.


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