The Canine Good Citizen or C.G.C. certification is offered through the American Kennel Club. It is a 10 part test that upon successful completion allows for your dog to be registered in the AKC database, receive additional certificates, and is a recognized AKC Title that can be added to a registered dogs papers. The program is not limited to registered dogs and is widely recognized in the dog community as a sign that your dog has good manners and is under your control.
The CGC is often a first step or requirement for additional training in the areas of service dog, therapy dog, or emotional support animals.
For more information on the American Kennel Club, the STAR Puppy program, the CGC program, or the Community Canine program visit the AKC website at www.akc.org/dogowner/training/canine_good_citizen/