All classes and group activities, in-home programs and dog walking sessions are postponed through Michigan's Stay At Home order. We are continuing to help existing clients and accept new clients through video-chat training sessions until we can safely resume our services. Watch our Facebook page for updates, and ways to continue your dog's training at home with training tip videos!
Our training programs can help you practice the obedience and socialization skills needed to pass any level of CGC, which is being recognized more and more by our society as the standard for "good dogs". Many businesses and landlords are now requiring dogs to be certified. CGC is also used as a benchmark test for other advanced training and work including therapy dogs.
Tests are scheduled during our Socializing Groups ($25) or at another predetermined location ($50), and take approximately a half hour to complete.
CGC Test Levels
Standard - CGC
Accepting a friendly stranger—a friendly stranger approaches and speaks in a natural, everyday situation.
Sitting politely for petting—The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
Appearance and grooming—checking the dog's ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
Out for a walk—walking on a loose lead.
Walking through a crowd—Dog and handler walk around and pass close to at least 3 people.
Sit and down on command and staying in place—owner choose sit or down for the stay.
Coming when called—handler calls dog to come from 10 feet on a leash.
Reaction to another dog—Another handler and dog approaches from a distance, stops, shake hands, talks.
Reaction to distraction—Sudden noises, items being dropped, etc.
Supervised separation—owner leaves dog with an unfamiliar person for 3 minutes.
Community Canine - CGCA
Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner sits and fills out paperwork.
Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation—does not pull.
Walks on loose leash through a larger crowd.
Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
Sit, stay in small group while owners have a conversation. Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart.
Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.
"Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."
Down or sit stay at distance. On 20 ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item and returns to dog.
Recall with distractions present. Handler goes out 20 ft. and calls dog.
Sit or stand stay while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.
Urban Canine - CGCU
Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings.
Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces.
Crossing street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner).
Ignore food on sidewalk.
Person walks up and pets the dog.
Walks under control in public building. Down stay in lobby or outdoor area, or waits while owner has a meal or snack.
Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.
Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living.
Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride in chosen mode of transportation.