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Getting Started in Training Before AKC Community Canine℠

Dogs DO NOT need to be AKC or purebred, this is open to all breeds, pure and mixed. 


The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program trains dogs “from puppies to the community.”

With the introduction of AKC Community Canine, the Canine Good Citizen Program now provides a comprehensive 3 level training program for you and your dog.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program.

You and your puppy attend a class at least 6 weeks long to earn the STAR certificate and gold medal. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible dog ownership.

Canine Good Citizen

(Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs)

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, “CGC” after their names.

AKC Community Canine 

(Advanced CGC)

AKC Community Canine extends the skills learned in CGC to the community. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test are eligible to earn the “CGCA” (Advanced CGC) title.