Canine Good Citizen – Level 3 Training

Canine Good Citizen Class

The American Kennel Club’s Good Citizen (CGC) Program tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. This program rewards dogs that have the training and demeanor to be reliable family members as well as community members in good standing. Dogs that pass all 10 items of the CGC test are listed in the CGC records at the American Kennel Club. The Jacksonville Humane Society is offering a CGC preparation class concluding with the CGC test. This class focuses on getting your dog ready to take the CGC Test. We will spend 5 weeks reinforcing your previously learned Level 2 dog training and also go over the various aspects that will make you a responsible dog owner.


Who: All dogs, including purebred and mixed breeds are welcomed into the Canine Good Citizen Program. Dogs with disabilities such as the loss of a leg, deafness, or blindness in one eye are also welcome in the CGC program. Humans must be 12yrs of age and older. All classes and the CGC testing are on leash.

Goals: The goal of this class is to insure that you and your dog have a very good understanding of the skill sets and test items of the CGC certification. To give you and your dog the opportunity to socialization this is critical to some of the CGC test items. You will be able to practice the distraction dog and meeting strangers exercises with other people and dogs. To assist you with training your dog to respond to simple commands while on leash, and most important, he is reliable in the presence of other people, other dogs, and distractions. The AKC CGC program’s goal is to instill and reward responsible dog ownership.

Using methods based on positive reinforcement, we will prepare you and your dog for the CGC test. Our class begins with a 90 minute orientation for humans only. Attendance at orientation is mandatory. At the orientation you will receive detailed instruction and requirements of the course and certification process. The remaining five classes will meet once a week for 60 minutes.

Cost: $100 per dog (must pre-register with payment before class; Non-refundable)

Requirements: Pre-requisite – Level 2 Dog Manners or equivalent. It is important that your dog is already fluent with sit, down, stay, etc. and is able to perform these with distractions in the home as well as in the community.

Dogs need to be current on vaccinations, including rabies. Please provide proof at time of registration. Dogs entering the class should already demonstrate the ability to respond to the basic cues of sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, and coming when called. A very important component to the CGC program is responsible dog ownership. At the CGC test you will be asked to sign the “Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge” before you and your dog go through the test. For classes and the test you will need to wear closed toe shoes (tennis shoes are good) due to practices of right and left hand turns, and u-turns. If you currently are using a Halti, head gear, or a anti-pull harness for your training, be advised none of these are permitted during the test. Prong collars, pinch collars, and choke chains are also not permitted in the classroom and at the test. Also, no treats or treat bags are permitted during the CGC test.

Length: This course is 5 weeks of preparation classes followed by the CGC Certification Test in week 6.

Class Start Dates & Times:

We will restart the new CGC classes with the humans only Orientation Class, January 21, 2015, at 7pm.

If you would like to be put on the current contact list (for advance notice) of the upcoming classes, please email:

Eventbrite - Canine Good Citizen Prep Classes and Testing ( Note: First class is a HUMANS ONLY Orientation Class)

Email or fax your student profile and animal vaccination record to or 904-725-3040 (Attn: Lynn Williams). The student profile can be found here.

Stacy Lege’-Strickland


Stacy is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and is committed to Positive Reinforcement Training and the philosophy of stress free training. For more info on Stacy click here.