Level 3: Canine Good Citizen | PAWS Chicago

Level 3: Canine Good Citizen

Join the elite and become a certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC)


Level 3: Canine Good Citizen teaches advanced skills and prepares both dog and handler for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification test. You can choose to take the test at the end of this five-week course.

This course is also an excellent foundation for other fun activities such as Agility and K9 Nosework.

The Basics

  • Number of Classes: 5 weekly classes (Class will meet on the same day/time each week)
  • Length of Class: 40 minute
  • Class Structure: 40-minute training sessions with your dog
    CGC test optional during last class
  • Age: 5 months and older
  • Prerequisites: Completion of a Basic Obedience Class or permission from instructor (trainingcenter@pawschicago.org)
  • Price: $175

Canine Good Citizenship

The Canine Good Citizen Program is a rapidly growing, nationally recognized program that stresses responsible dog ownership.

The CGC Test consists of 10 skills needed by all well-mannered dogs. All the exercises are done on leash:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • Appearance and grooming
  • Walking on a loose lead
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Sit and down on command and staying in place
  • Coming when called
  • Reaction to another dog
  • Reaction to distraction
  • Supervised separation

The following are required for participation:

  1. Vaccination records: Copies of your dog’s age-appropriate distemper/parvo, rabies and Bordetella vaccinations must be brought to the first class.
  2. Two different leashes:
    a. A five- or six-foot leash (no retractable or chain leashes).
    b. A 15-foot cotton-web training leash.
  3. Collar: Buckle collar or slip collar.
  4. Clicker: This training tool can be purchased online or at any pet supply store.
  5. Treat carrier: A bag, pouch, fanny pack, apron with pocket or deep pocket that provides easy access to treats.
  6. Treats: Lots of small, easy-to-chew, high-value treats. Cut up pieces of cheese or hot dogs are good choices, as are soft treats made specifically for training.
  7. Brush or comb: Needed to practice for the CGC test.
  8. Water Bowl
  • Please be on time.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and nonskid shoes. Flip flops, sandals and heels are not recommended.
  • The use of cell phones is not permitted during class.
  • Do not feed your dog before class. A hungry dog is more motivated to learn.
  • Give your dog time to relieve himself before class.

Start training your dog today!

Our goal is to help you properly care for, socialize and train your dog in a positive, non violent yet highly effective manner.